Religion in the Secular World

Course code RELT3020Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Although sociologists such as Marx and Durkheim predicted that religion would eventually dissipate like a fog over a clouded culture, the exact opposite has taken place. Religions continue to survive, and even thrive in our global multicultural societies. This can be seen in the news media, which regularly reports religiously motivated violence, the political sphere where presidents and prime ministers alike increasingly refer to their 'faith', and, as well, in a number of popular films and novels which take religion as their primary theme. So too, so called 'world religions' such as Christianity and Islam continue to spread in both northern and southern hemisphere contexts, raising a number of important questions about their new forms and cultural interactions.
This course will explore this new visibility of religion and how it impacts secular societies. It will examine key religious, social and political theorists.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand the return of religion and its impact upon secular societies;
2. Reflect upon and synthesise the cultural, political and theological factors at work in religion today;
3. Critically analyse key theorizations of religion in secular society with philosophical and theological sophistication;
4. Employ research methods relevant to the study of religion and theology;
5. Demonstrate advanced writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThe course will address recent philosophical and social theories concerning the new visibility of religion in the contemporary world. Figures such as J├╝rgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, Peter Berger, Zygmunt Bauman, and Gianni Vattimo may be covered.
Replacing Course(s)RELI3060
TransitionStudents who have previously completed RELI3060 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT3020. Other third-year options are available for these students.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeRELT1010 Introduction to Theology
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 essays (20%)
1 x 2000 word essays (40%)
Online Discussion5 x 200 word discussion board posts (20%)
Presentations - Group10 min group presentation (1000 word equivalent) (20%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term