The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The course investigates the inter-religious and civilisational points of comparison between Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions over their complex histories. It explores the academic methods necessary to comparative studies of religion. The philosophical dissonances and resemblances discussed may include: different conceptions of divinity; the nature of scripture; law, justice and theodicy; community and hierarchy; and ritual practices.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): RELT2020. Students who have successfully completed RELT2020 are not eligible to enrol in PHIL2040.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse points of religious difference and similarity between Jewish, Christian and Islamic thought

2. Critically analyse philosophical categories developed within these religious traditions

3. Employ comparative methodologies in the study of different religions

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


The course will investigate key points of comparison between Judaism, Christianity and Islam over their complex histories.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay - 25%

Essay: Essay - 50%

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Task