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 global cinema in order to help students to begin to interpret their visual styles, narrative constructions, historical contexts, and salient themes.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate 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. Apply methods relevant to the academic study of religion;

4. Employ writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to the study of philosophy and religion.


The course explores the complex visibility of religion in films such as: Of Gods and Men (2010); Agora (2009); Wonder Woman (2017); The Life of Brian (1979); Groundhog Day (1993); A Serious Man (2009); Doubt (2008); Leviathan (2014); The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928); Silence (2016); and, Into Great Silence (2005).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Film review (30%)

Essay: Research essay (40%)

Quiz: Online quizzes (30%)

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.