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CVL4010 - Rites of passage: Culture and celebrating life cycle events

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Judy McNicoll


Caulfield First semester 2008 (Evening)
Clayton First semester 2008 (Off-campus)


This unit examines similarities and differences in rituals relating to birth, marriage and the handling of death in traditional and modern societies which have contributed to present day Australia, including aboriginal and immigrant cultures. Topics include the role of the 'celebrant' in creating a valid marriage in Western society, the universality of ritual and current attitudes to it. The unit enables practitioners to advise clients about planning their own lifecycle celebrations.


Two essays (2500 words each): 50%
Video presentation: 15%
Supporting documentation (4000 words): 35%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 3 hour seminar) per week

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