Units of Study

RLST2634 - Religion, Media and Consumerism

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Jay Johnston


This unit examines religion, media and consumer cultures, both the way that consumer practices and forms (including new media) are used to build spiritual communities and individual identities, as well as the ways in which spiritual / religious discourse is utilised in contemporary media forms to promote goods and services. Topics include: the 'trade fairs' of New Age religion; tele-evangelism, evangelical Christianity and consumption; the commodification of 'secret' texts; and the selling of Yoga to the West.


1x2500wd essay (50%), 1x1250wd tutorial presentation (30%), 1x online presentation (20%)


Course Reader


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Assumed Knowledge

12 junior credit points of Religion or equivalent as assessed by the Department


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