Religion in Film


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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 religious studies.


The course explores the complex relationship between religion and a number of contemporary and classic films.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): RELI2030. Students who have successfully completed RELI2030 are not eligible to enrol in RELT1021.

Assessment Items

Essay: Short Essay

Essay: Long Essay

Online Learning Activity: Discussion Board & Participation

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Laboratory = Film Screening


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term