Reading Scrolls and Scriptures: Methodologies

Course code RELT2030Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course provides students with an introduction to modern critical exegetical methods and philosophical hermeneutics used to interpret religious scriptures. Topics covered include textual criticism, literary criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism and historical criticism along with narrative, social scientific and other hermeneutic theories. Ancient ways of reading and interpreting texts will be compared with modern ones, as context for their development. Students will reflect critically on the implications of critical methodologies and the locus of meaning.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the history development of modern exegetical and hermeneutic methods for interpreting religious texts;
2. Employ appropriate exegetical and hermeneutic methods for critical study of particular religious texts;
3. Demonstrate oral as well as written research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThe course introduces key critical interpretive methodologies for studying religious scriptures with depth and sophistication.
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 2000 word essay (50%)
Online Discussion5 x 200 word discussion board (25%)
Presentations - Individual10-15 min presentation (1000 word equivalent) (25%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for RELT2030