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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Judy McNicoll


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%

Chief examiner(s)

Judith McNicoll

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 3 hour seminar) per week