Course code RELT2011Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

With the emergence of the ‘new atheists’ such as Richard Dawkins atheism is regularly in the news. This course investigates contemporary atheism and its critics, but does so by tracing the intellectual development of modern atheism. Topics such as the relation between religion and science, creationisms and evolutionisms, violence, the irrationality of religious faith, the making of moral decisions without religious belief, and children’s education may be treated.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand contemporary atheism today;
2. Place this in the context of a longer intellectual history;
3. Interpret the pros and cons of various perspectives on the matter in their historical and intellectual contexts;
4. Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of leading atheist positions;
5. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThis course critically explores contemporary atheism in debate.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgenil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1 x 1000 word essay (25%)
1 x 2000 word essay (50%)
Online Discussion1000 words of online discussion board (25%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term