Faculty of Arts
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Organisational Unit||Centre for Studies In Religion and Theology|
|Offered||Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)|
Previously coded HSY2755
The unit introduces students to key themes for understanding the nature, the forms and the organizational structure of religion in ancient Mediterranean cultures, with particular reference to the ancient near east. It explores topics such as public and personal worship, religious personnel, organizations and bodies, types and functions of ritual practices (festivals, sacrifices, prayers, curses, divination, prophecy, etc.) sacred narratives, deities and demons. It also introduces students to theories on the development of ancient religions, exploring their wider social and cultural context through topics such as religion and law codes, women and religion, and religion and politics.
Upon the completion of the unit students will:
In addition, students at 3rd-year level will have enhanced skills in the formulation of an independent research project and development of analytical skills in writing research essays in greater depth with thorough documentation derived from extensive use of primary sources and thorough examination of the research literature, including journal articles.
Analytical exercise (500 words): 10%
Essay (2000 words): 50%
Tutorial presentation: 10%
Exam (1.5 hours): 30%
One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week