Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Studies In Religion and Theology
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Judy McNicoll


Previously coded CVL4010


This unit examines similarities and differences in rituals relating to birth, marriage and the handling of death in traditional and modern societies which have contributed to present day Australia, including aboriginal and immigrant cultures. Topics include the role of the 'celebrant' in creating a valid marriage in Western society, the universality of ritual and current attitudes to it. The unit enables practitioners to advise clients about planning their own lifecycle celebrations.


Two essays (2500 words each): 50%
Video presentation: 15%
Supporting documentation (4000 words): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 hours (1 x 3 hour seminar) per week