The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


In a number of classic and contemporary films, philosophical and religious themes such as sacrifice, forgiveness, redemption and apocalypse have been explored with great care and depth. So too, certain films and filmmakers have explicitly drawn upon religious myth and imagery in order to evoke notions of the sacred and transcendent within their own cinematic narratives. This course will explore a sampling of Hollywood and global cinema in order to help students to begin to interpret their visual styles, narrative constructions, historical contexts, and salient religious themes.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): RELT1021. Students who have successfully completed RELT1021 are not eligible to enrol in PHIL1042.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand a number of cinematic techniques for conveying religious ideas and practices

2. Analyse the historical and contextual factors that influence particular religious representations in different films

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


The course explores the complex relationship between religion and a number of contemporary and classic films.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay One 35%

Essay: Essay Two 35%

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Task 30%