Faculty of Arts
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|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Organisational Unit||School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies|
|Offered||Caulfield First semester 2013 (Day)|
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
|Coordinator(s)||Professor Constant Mews, Dr Tamara Prosic and Assoc. Prof. Mark Baker|
This unit introduces students to the history, core teachings and central practices of many of the world's religions: indigenous Australian traditions, Indian religions (Hinduism, Sikhism), Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions (Taoism, Confucianism, Shintoism), Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and new religious movements.
The unit looks at religions as dynamic, ongoing forces that given meaning and direction to human lives, and that shape the collective experience of human beings in diverse socio-historical settings.
The unit does not aim to make judgments about what is right and wrong, but rather sets out to aid the development of knowledge and understanding of the broad sweep of religious traditions.
Weekly Quiz: 20% (10 x 2%)
Expository exercise: 10%
Group presentation: 10%
2 hours of lectures and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week