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Undergraduate - Area of study

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered byCentre for Studies in Religion and Theology
School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
Campus(es)Clayton

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Description

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 TheologyCentre for Studies in Religion and Theology (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/religion-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 (in particular Islam, 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.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the major, students will:

  • have an ability to formulate, conduct and produce an independent research project in a written, visual or oral form and in keeping with the methodological conventions (historical, sociological etc.) of religious studies
  • demonstrate the capacity to present a sustained argument based largely on primary sources
  • be a skillful team worker and have the ability to make sophisticated oral presentations
  • possess sophisticated problem solving skills
  • be aware of current philosophical, historical and cultural debates about the nature of religion and theology as fields of study
  • be acquainted with the various public uses and applications of studies in religion, including digital and online applications
  • be acquainted with intellectual debates about the interpretation of religion
  • be able to think reflectively about different forms or genre in which religions are represented
  • be able to identify and reflect on the knowledge and skills they have developed in their study of religion and theology
  • be familiar with at least three different religions, with particular expertise of at least one, with awareness of its theological or intellectual traditions.

Units

Minor in religion and theology

Students completing a minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in religion and theology must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(b.) additional elective units from the list below (12 points)

Note: Students can take the second-year cornerstone units from the major as electives.

Major in religion and theology

Students completing a majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in religion and theology must complete eight units (48 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

For the purposes of a minor or major in religion and theology, the following first-year level units may be counted as alternative gateway units:

  • ATS1316 Medieval Europe
  • ATS1317 Renaissance Europe
  • ATS1322 Conflict and coexistence: Jews, Christians, Muslims
  • ATS1960 The Jews and the modern world

Note: ATS1316 and ATS1317 can be counted as first-year gateway units towards either historyhistory (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/history/ug-arts-history.html) or religion and theology, but not to both. ATS1322 and ATS1960 can be counted as first-year gateway units towards either Jewish studiesJewish studies (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/jewish-studies/), historyhistory (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/history/ug-arts-history.html) or religion and theology, but not to more than one of these areas.

(b.) at least one second-year cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS2586 Islam: Principles, civilisations, influences
  • ATS2610 Ancient religions
  • ATS2724 Spiritualities, faiths and religions: Society and the transcendent

(c.) at least one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS3341 Interpreting the sources of Islam: The Qur'an and Hadith
  • ATS3585 Sacred texts
  • ATS3862 Thinking about religion

(d.) additional elective units from the list below (24 points).

At least three units (18 points) must be completed at third-year level.

Note: Students can take the remaining cornerstone and capstone units as electives.

Extended major in religion and theology

Students completing an extended major in religion and theology (60 points), must complete an additional 12 points of third-year level elective units.

Elective units

  • ATS2359/ATS3359 Hearing the country: Studies in Indigenous Australian ethnocology
  • ATS2371 Magic, science and religion
  • ATS2374 Witchcraft in the modern world
  • ATS2600 The Holocaust
  • ATS2603 The age of crusades: Cultures and societies
  • ATS2611 Imagining God: Mysticism, heresy and reason
  • ATS2629 Faith in the future: Religion and spirituality in a globalising world
  • ATS2860/ATS3860 After the death of God: Continental philosophy of religion from Nietzsche to today
  • ATS2861 God, freedom and evil
  • ATS2872/ATS3872 Topics in Indian philosophy
  • ATS2907 Islamic leadership in the 20th century
  • ATS2957/ATS3957 Dante's medieval world: Politics, religion and the city*
  • ATS3270 Islamic philosophy: From Medieval to modern times
  • ATS3288 Renaissance Rome: The papacy and the world
  • ATS3573 The Renaissance Codes: Art, magic and belief
  • ATS3599 Modern Israel: History, politics and society
  • ATS3608 Myth and meaning in ancient worlds
  • ATS3636 Sacred and profane: Religion, the secular and the state
  • ATS3870 Philosophy of religion
  • ATS3884 Space, time and deity: Themes from Hume and Leibniz

* Taught in Prato, Italy. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication

Double degrees

  • 4640 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4644 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4426 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Business
  • 4425 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 4069 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Science
  • 4648 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts