Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

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.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify key events, characters and beliefs of the religions being studied;

2. Critically analyse historical developments within religious traditions in light of their relevance today;

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

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


The course introduces students to the major religious traditions. Thinkers discussed may include Philo of Alexandria, Origen of Caesarea Maritima, Dogen Zenji [Kigen], Muhammad Rumi, Julian of Norwich, Theodor Herzl, Mohandas Gandhi, and Vine Deloria Jr.

Assessment items

Essay: Research essay (40%)

Online Learning Activity: Virtual reality analysis (30%)

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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.