Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPhilosophy
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr. Monima Chadha


Previously coded PHL3040


This unit considers different ways of thinking about religion and religious belief, both phenomenological (historical, social scientific, etc) and philosophical. It raises philosophical questions about the role of religious discourse and the relationship of evidence to religious belief, examining classic texts on questions such as omniscience, simplicity and eternity. It also examines religious pluralism, and the range of responses that can be made to diverse views about salvation or enlightenment.


The objectives of this unit are:

  1. to offer students the opportunity to improve their understanding of the history, beliefs, practices and sacred texts of various religious traditions
  2. to help students develop their hermeneutical and exegetical skills, so that they can interpret, contextualise and explain passages and texts from different religious traditions, as well as integrate their analysis of scriptural texts with contemporary scholarly and critical material
  3. to develop the capacities of students to engage in reflective and critical thinking, particularly the capacity to critically analyse and evaluate concepts, doctrines and arguments that have played a central role in the world's religions, as well as to put forward ideas and arguments of their own in a clear and cogent way.


Written assignments (3500 words) 80%
Exam: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

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