Scrolls and Scriptures: Uses and Abuses

Course code RELT3030Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course critically examines some of the most difficult and high profile passages in religious written scriptures as well as oral traditions. It investigates why these “texts” have the impact they do by developing hermeneutic strategies to understand their contemporary social contexts. It also addresses the intersection between the political and theological, with particular attention to the way religious texts are used to justify violence as well as positive moral behavior. Students will advance their exegetical skills and improve the sophistication with which they understand not only what these texts have meant over the centuries, but how they continue to impact our world today.

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, cultures and religious beliefs which inform interpretations of these “texts”;
2. Critically analyse high profile, difficult passages from religious texts and oral traditions;
3. Employ hermeneutic strategies to better understand how these texts impact religious traditions and their wider social and political settings;
4. Demonstrate advanced oral as well as written research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThe course focuses on detailed analysis of particularly difficult, but nonetheless high profile passages from religious traditions as they have been used and abused over their history and in the world today.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeRELT2030 Reading Scrolls and Scriptures: Methodologies
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 - Individual10-15 min presentation (1000 word equivalent) (20%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for RELT3030