Apocalypse Now: Theology at the End of the World

Course code RELT3012Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Predictions about an apocalyptic end of the world abound in contemporary culture today from popular films to political environmentalism through to scientific predictions of the end of life. This course contextualises such ruminations on the end of the world with reference particularly to Christian and modern secular traditions, and their long histories. This course reflects on a plurality of responses to the question of ‘what may we hope?’

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand the meaning of the ‘end of the world’ in theological context;
2. Critically analyse key movements in eschatological and apocalyptic thought;
3. Reflect upon and synthesise the ethical and political meaning of doomsday predictions;
4. Demonstrate advanced writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThis course will examine the theological meaning of the ‘end of the world’ in Christian and other traditions.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeRELT1010 Introducing Theology OR HUMA1010 The World’s Great Thinkers OR RELT2010 The Many Faces of Jesus
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1 x 1500 word essay (30%)
1 x 2500 word essay (50%)
Online Discussion1000 word online discussion board (20%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term