Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Greg Gow


Previously coded SCY3290


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? How do we compare with other places around the world? This unit examines the current state of religion and spirituality in Australia, compares this with the rest of the world, and offers a sociological interpretation of these developments.


Students completing this unit will:

  1. Develop a critical awareness of contemporary religion and spirituality;
  2. Be introduced to different sociological approaches to the study of religion and religious change;
  3. Develop their analytical skills to critically understand and interpret recent religious developments.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Greg Gow

Contact hours

2-hour lecture per week
1-hour tutorial per week

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

Religion and theology
Indonesian studies


ATS3724, RLT2290, RLT3290, COS2290, COS3290