Units of Study

RLST2635 - Sex, Desire and the Sacred

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Jay Johnston


This unit examines relations between sexuality, desire, gender and the sacred as presented in the major faith traditions, including their esoteric currents, and in New Age religion. It is designed to introduce students to conceptualisations of the self and divine and their interrelation, and covers core philosophy of religion topics such as ontology and ethics. Topics include tantra, the commercialisation of 'sacred sex', eroto-mysticism, cults of virginity and abstinence. Significant attention is given to issues of cultural difference and gender.


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


Course Reader


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

Assumed Knowledge

12 junior credit points from Religion Studies, or equivalent as assessed by the Department

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