Spirituality, Religion and Visual Culture

Course code RELT2013
Not available in 2016


This course introduces students to the intersection between spirituality, religion and contemporary visual culture. The course contextualises the particular history and development of visual culture within the spiritualities of Aboriginal, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist and other South Asian religions. It also explores the way spirituality and new religious movements negotiate change through visual means. The course will pay particular attention to these issues as they emerge in contemporary art in the region, as well as through popular culture. This will provide students with tools to understand visual culture and the manner in which it expresses the religious and spiritual imagination.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning Outcomes

1. Articulate the history and development of the visual culture of diverse spiritual traditions;

2. Demonstrate understanding of contemporary expression of visual culture within spiritual traditions;

3. Critically analyse visual culture with reference to religious ideas and spiritual innovations;

4. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.


The course introduces students to the history, development and contemporary expressions of spirituality, religion and visual culture.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO2017. Students who have successfully completed THEO2017 are not eligible to enrol in RELT2013.


This course replaces THEO2017. If you have successfully completed THEO2017 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay

Essay: Research Essay

Online Learning Activity: Discussion Board

Contact Hours


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