The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


In a number of classic and contemporary films, religious themes such as sacrifice, salvation 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.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

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. Interpret the cinematic representation of such religious themes as sacrifice, salvation, and apocalypse

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

4. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to religious studies.


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


This course replaces RELI2030. If you have successfully completed RELI2030 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Essay: Short Essay

Essay: Long Essay

Online Learning Activity: Discussion Board & Participation