All human cultures reflect on the meaning of life through myth, symbol and abstract reflection. Studying the religions and theologies of different cultures, within a variety of historical contexts is both an important intellectual exercise and a fascinating process that provokes many questions about the past, the present and the future. The Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology was established in order to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research in the areas of religion and theology. The centre has established extensive links with the Melbourne College of Divinity and offers symposia, workshops and seminars in which research into religion and theology is presented and discussed. The centre is devoted to the critical study of a wide range of religious traditions, as interpreted both in the past and in the contemporary world. It is also concerned with thinking about the ways in which specific religious traditions (such as Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity) engage in intellectual reflection on a wide range of specific issues, such as the nature of God, ethics, social issues, gender, the environment and the meaning of life.
The centre has research strengths in the area of the relationship between culture and belief, both in relation to contemporary society and to the past. There is supervisory expertise in the historical and literary analysis of religion in biblical, medieval and early modern periods, as well as in contemporary (postmodern) approaches to the study of religious questions, including religion in Australian society. Expertise also exists in Islamic studies, contemporary hermeneutics, gender studies, environmental thought, philosophical theology, and Jewish civilisation, religion and history, ancient and modern.
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
Students complete 48 points including a research project, at least one methodology unit, and two elective units chosen from the list below (note that not all units are offered each year).
Students may apply to undertake units at level four at another tertiary institution, such as the Melbourne College of Divinity, approved by the director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology.
Units taken outside Monash will not amount to more than 50 per cent.
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Master of Arts by Research and Coursework
The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2011handbooks/courses/2846.html.
Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:
* At least one of these units must be taken if not already completed at honours or masters qualifying or in the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research).
Professor Constant Mews
For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.