Religion and Meaning in Australia
Not available in 2012
What are the paths to religious meaning and spirituality in Australia? This course will explore the many answers to this question, ranging from Aboriginal traditional and contemporary beliefs and mainline Christian denominations, to the options and experiments of the New Age.
At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. identify the major religions and religious traditions practised in Australia, including contemporary and traditional indigenous traditions;
2. discuss the ways in which settlement and migration have impacted on religious traditions imported into Australia;
3. identify places of religious significance and their meaning for groups of Australians;
4. assess the significance of religion in Australian cultural life;
5. analyse the rise of civic religion in relation to traditions such as ANZAC Day, Australia Day, and other public commemorations.
This course will be divided into a number of modules drawn from:
1. Aboriginal religious traditions;
2. Missions and missionary influence in Aboriginal society;
3. Sectarianism in Australia;
7. Judaism, Islam and Hinduism in Australia;
8. New Age traditions'
9. ANZAC Day and Civic Religion;
10. Towards Australian spirituality.
Previous undergraduate degree, preferably in a humanities field as well as basic computing familiarity to enable access to web-based materials, and email.
Modes of Delivery
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term