Units of Study

PACS6917 - Religion, War and Peace

Semester 2, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Leticia Claire Anderson


Religion is frequently blamed as the cause of war, and yet peace and nonviolence are considered central to most, if not all, religions. In this unit, students gain an appreciation of the war and peace traditions of the world's major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We look at sacred texts for sources of attitudes towards war and peace, and examine historical and contemporary case studies to deepen our understanding of both religion-based violence and the peacemaking potential of religion.


1x500wd equivalent group presentation (15%), 1x1500wd report (25%), 1x3000wd essay (50%), reading and class participation (10%)


1x2-hr seminar/week

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