RLM4100 - Religion and ceremony in Australian Society
12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader: Dr Thomas Reuter
Clayton First semester 2008 (Day)
This unit offers an exploration of contemporary belief systems and ritual practices in Australian society, from the perspective of social theory and within a historical context of major global changes in the way religion and ceremony operate in society. The underlying reasons behind these new developments in religion and ceremonial practice will be explored by analyzing a variety of different agendas and organizational forms, ranging from fundamentalist movements to New Age groups, Pentecostal Christianity, eco-spirituality and neo-religious youth subcultures. International trends and influences will be considered together with the unique history and phenomenology of religion in Australia.
Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
Class presentation and written synopsis (2000 words): 25%; Research essay (7000 words): 75%.
2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week