The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course provides an introduction to the principal features of the world's major religions through reference to key events, characters, beliefs and related phenomena. With regard to each tradition, there will be a focus on both historical and contemporary events relevant to the understanding of religion today.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): RELT1020. Students who have successfully completed RELT1020 are not eligible to enrol in PHIL1040.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key events, characters and beliefs of the religions being studied

2. Critically analyse key developments within religious traditions and their relevance for today

3. Apply methods relevant to the study of philosophy and religion

4. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies of philosophy and religion


The course introduces students to the major religious traditions.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay One 35%

Essay: Essay Two 35%

Quiz: Quizzes 30%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks