Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered byCentre for Studies in Religion and Theology


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


All human cultures reflect on the meaning of life through myth, symbol and abstract reflection. Studying the religions and theologies of different cultures, within a variety of historical contexts is both an important intellectual exercise and a fascinating process that provokes many questions about the past, the present and the future. The Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology was established in order to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research in the areas of religion and theology. The centre has established extensive links with the Melbourne College of Divinity and offers symposia, workshops and seminars in which research into religion and theology is presented and discussed. The centre is devoted to the critical study of a wide range of religious traditions, as interpreted both in the past and in the contemporary world. It is also concerned with thinking about the ways in which specific religious traditions (such as Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity) engage in intellectual reflection on a wide range of specific issues, such as the nature of God, ethics, social issues, gender, the environment and the meaning of life.

The centre has research strengths in the area of the relationship between culture and belief, both in relation to contemporary society and to the past. There is supervisory expertise in the historical and literary analysis of religion in biblical, medieval and early modern periods, as well as in contemporary (postmodern) approaches to the study of religious questions, including religion in Australian society. Expertise also exists in Islamic studies, contemporary hermeneutics, gender studies, environmental thought, philosophical theology, and Jewish civilisation, religion and history, ancient and modern.


2846 Master of Arts by Research and Coursework

The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry.


Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • APG5289 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • APG5302 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • APG5307 Cultures of devotion in Renaissance Italy
  • APG5340 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross- cultural analysis
  • APG5675 Research paper in religion and theology
  • other units by permission

Course coordinator: Professor Constant Mews

Further courses

For a list of units in this area of study refer to the requirements for courses listed under 'Relevant courses'.

Relevant courses

  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.