Religious Law

Course code RELT3024Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course will address the history, nature and practice of religious law in major world religions with particular attention to Jewish Halakha, Christian Canon Law, and Islamic Sharia. The relationship between the ethical and moral frameworks of these traditions will be analysed with reference to their impact upon legal systems. As well, the impact of these law systems upon practical religious life in these communities will be investigated. Religious laws often contribute to the shaping of group identities, the legitimation of power, and the regulation of religious communities. This course may compare examples from a range of places and periods, premodern and modern, to cast into perspective dilemmas and debates that figure in the contemporary life today. Lastly, the course will address the ways in which religious laws relate to and contrast with modern secular legal systems.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand the history of religious law in major world religions with attention to Jewish Halakha, Christian Canon Law, and Islamic Sharia;
2. Critically evaluate the impact of religious ethics upon legal systems;
3. Reflect upon the impact of religious laws upon personal and community identities;
4. Compare religious law to modern secular legal systems;
5. Demonstrate advanced writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThis course will examine the development of the understandings of religious law in a variety of religious traditions with reference to their impact upon personal and community identities.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeRELT2022 Religious Ethics
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 x 2000 word essay (80%)
Online Discussion5 x 200 word online discussion board (20%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term