Interreligious Dialogue

Course code RELT2023Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The course examines the growth of interreligious relations as a positive response to the challenges of religious plurality in our globalised world and an antidote to religious extremism. It traces the stages in the emergence of this interfaith development, the scriptural and theological resources that religions brings to this engagement, and how building relations across the religious and cultural divisions is beneficial to multi-religious societies like Australia.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theological rationale and motivation for interreligious relations;
2. Analyse the scriptural and theological resources that empower this interfaith movement;
3. Employ empathy for religious and cultural others with integrity to their own tradition and openness to learn from their dialogue partner;
4. Demonstrate understanding of contemporary models as well as civic and ecclesial institutions that facilitate interreligious and intercultural exchanges;
5. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThe course addresses the emerging need for interreligious relations, contextualizing the history of interfaith movements and providing students with the context to develop their own skills at interfaith dialogue.
Replacing Course(s)THEO3022
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO3022 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT2023. Other third-year and upper-level options are available for these students.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1 x 1000 word essay (25%)
1 x 2000 word essay (50%)
Online Discussion5 x 200 word discussion board (25%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term