Contemporary Australian Religion (RLST3603)


Contemporary Australia manifests low levels of institutional religion, a multi-cultural and multi-faith population, and a vocal atheist/secularist lobby. It is an ideal laboratory for students to study twenty-first century trends. Learning activities include engagement with religion in the media and law, investigation of religious sites, the Constitution, and the Census data on religion. Issues examined include atheism and secularity, Aboriginal religion, spirituality, values, sport and ANZAC as religious phenomena, and the significant contribution of religion to politics, education, and art.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr seminar/week


1x750wd scoping exercise (10%), 1x750wd Oral Presentation (10%), Seminar participation (10%), 1x2000wd research journal/plan (30%), 1x2500wd research report (40%)

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Unit of study rules


12 Senior credit points from Studies in Religion


RLST2627, RLST2027

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.