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ATS1041: World Religions

Faculty of Arts

World Religions

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This unit introduces students to the history, core teachings and central practices of many of the world's religions: indigenous Australian traditions, Indian religions (Hinduism, Sikhism), Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions (Taoism, Confucianism, Shintoism), Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and new religious movements. The unit looks at religions as dynamic, ongoing forces that given meaning and direction to human lives, and that shape the collective experience of human beings in diverse socio-historical settings. The unit does not aim to make judgments about what is right and wrong, but rather sets out to aid the development of knowledge and understanding of the broad sweep of religious traditions.


1 - 10 Pre-tutorial Moodle quizzes (All students) - 15% 2 - Expository Exercise (All students) - 10% 3 - Research Essay (All students) - 30% 4 - Tutorial Presentation (on-campus students) - 10% 5 - Digital Presentation (online students only) - 10% 6 - Tutorial responses (All students) - 5% 7 - Final assessment (All students) - 30%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.