Religion in Film

Course code RELT1021Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

In a number of classic and contemporary films, religious themes such as sacrifice, salvation and apocalypse have been explored with great care and depth. So too, certain films and filmmakers have explicitly drawn upon religious myth and imagery in order to evoke notions of the sacred and transcendent within their own cinematic narratives. This course will explore a sampling of Hollywood and global cinema in order to help students to begin to interpret their visual styles, narrative constructions, historical contexts, and salient religious themes.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand a number of cinematic techniques for conveying religious ideas and practices
2. Interpret the cinematic representation of such religious themes as sacrifice, salvation, and apocalypse
3. Analyse the historical and contextual factors that influence particular religious representations in different films
4. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThe course explores the complex relationship between religion and a number of contemporary and classic films.
Replacing Course(s)RELI2030
TransitionStudents who have previously completed RELI2030 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT1021. Other second-year and upper-level options are available for these students.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1 x 750 word essay (25%)
1 x 1500 word essay (50%)
Film Screening11 x 2hr film viewing (0%)
Online Discussion3 x 250 word online discussion (25%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for RELT1021