Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course is an introduction to, and examination of, sociological and feminist literature relating to expressions of gender and power relations in religious traditions. The treatment of gender in relation to religion will be the focus of empirical and theoretical investigation. The course will introduce students to the central theoretical concepts and empirical research in an effort to understand current expressions of religious activity.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Winter - 2021.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand sociological theories of religion as an institutional and symbolic system.

2. Critically analyse theoretical and empirical contributions to the operations of gender and power in religious traditions.

3. Effectively communicate relevant analytic models to contemporary issues.

4. Demonstrate competence in scholarship, essay construction and academic argument appropriate to graduation at Bachelor level.


  • A critical examination of sociological theories of religion and their gender critiques from modernity to post-modernity
  • An examination of gender politics in a range of religious traditions, utilizing feminist and gender theory
  • In-depth analysis of central case studies in the field of gender and religion

Assumed knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written response (30%)

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion (40%)

In Term Test: Blackboard test (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.