Sex, Desire and the Sacred (RLST2635)


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.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2500wd Essay (50%), 1x1250wd Tutorial presentation (30%), Blackboard presentation (20%)

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Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points from Studies in Religion

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