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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrew Singleton


Previously coded SCY2290


Are Australians spiritual, religious or what? Is Australia Christian, Monotheist, Secular or Polytheist? Why are Islam, Buddhism and Witchcraft growing? Is there a future for the churches? Does it make any difference? Focusing on religion in Australia, this unit examines the problem of religious meaning, the emergence and maintenance of religious systems of meaning, and the interaction between religion and other aspects of society.


Students completing this subject successfully will encounter the diversity of spirituality in religiously plural Australia, become sensitive to the ways in which spiritualities and modes of interacting with the transcendent are socially organised, understand the complex interplay between religion and society, appreciate the social underpinning and structuring of religious belief and the ways in which religious belief shapes society, become aware of the sociological perspectives on spirituality and religious belief, practice and organisation in Australian society.


Short assignment (1125 words): 25%
Major essay (2250 words): 50%
Open book examination (1 hour): 25%

Contact hours

2 hours per week (1 x 2 hr seminar per week)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Religion and theology
Indonesian studies


A first-year sequence in Sociology or permission


ATS3724, RLT2290, RLT3290, COS2290, COS3290