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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; 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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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered byCentre for Religious Studies
Campus(es)Clayton
CoordinatorDr Tamara Prosic

Notes

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

Description

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 Religious studiesCentre for Religious studies (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/religious-studies/) 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 (in particular Islam, 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.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the major, students will:

  • have an ability to formulate, conduct and produce an independent research project in a written, visual or oral form and in keeping with the methodological conventions (historical, sociological etc.) of religious studies
  • demonstrate the capacity to present a sustained argument based largely on primary sources
  • be aware of current philosophical, historical and cultural debates about the nature of religion as fields of study
  • be acquainted with the various public uses and applications of studies in religion, including digital and online applications
  • be acquainted with intellectual debates about the interpretation of religion
  • be able to think reflectively about different forms or genre in which religions are represented
  • be able to identify and reflect on the knowledge and skills they have developed in their study of religion
  • be familiar with at least three different religions, with particular expertise of at least one, with awareness of its theological or intellectual traditions.

Units

Minor in religious studies

Students completing a minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in religious studies must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(b.) additional elective units from the list below (12 points)

Note: Students can take the second-year cornerstone units from the major as electives.

Major in religious studies

Students completing a majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in religious studies must complete eight units (48 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

For the purposes of a minor or major in religious studies, the following first-year level units may be counted as alternative gateway units:

  • ATS1316 Medieval Europe
  • ATS1317 Renaissance Europe
  • ATS1322 Conflict and coexistence: Jews, Christians, Muslims
  • ATS1960 Jews in the modern world

Note: ATS1316 and ATS1317 can be counted as first-year gateway units towards either historyhistory (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/history/ug-arts-history.html) or religious studies, but not to both. ATS1322 and ATS1960 can be counted as first-year gateway units towards either Jewish studiesJewish studies (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/jewish-studies/), historyhistory (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/history/ug-arts-history.html) or religious studies, but only to one of these areas.

(b.) at least one second-year cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS2586 Islam: Principles, civilisations, influences
  • ATS2610 Ancient religions
  • ATS2724 Religion, spirituality and society

(c.) at least one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS3341 Interpreting the sources of Islam: The Qur'an and Hadith
  • ATS3611 Imagining God: The mystic quest in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • ATS3862 Thinking about religion

(d.) additional elective units from the list below (24 points).

At least three units (18 points) must be completed at third-year level.

Note: Students can take the remaining cornerstone and capstone units as electives.

Extended major in religious studies

Students completing an extended major in religious studies (60 points), must complete an additional 12 points of third-year level elective units.

Elective units

  • ATS2185 Biblical texts and contexts
  • ATS2359/ATS3359 Hearing the country: Studies in Indigenous Australian ethnoecology
  • ATS2371 Magic, science and religion
  • ATS2374 Witchcraft in the modern world
  • ATS2600 The Holocaust
  • ATS2603 The age of crusades: Cultures and societies
  • ATS2629 Religion and spirituality in a globalising world
  • ATS2860 After the death of God: Continental philosophy of religion from Nietzsche to today
  • ATS2861 God, freedom and evil
  • ATS2872/ATS3872 Topics in Indian philosophy
  • ATS2907 Islamic leadership in the 20th century
  • ATS2957/ATS3957 Dante's medieval world: Politics, religion and the city*
  • ATS3270 Islamic philosophy: From Medieval to modern times
  • ATS3573 The Renaissance codes: Art, magic and belief
  • ATS3599 Modern Israel: History, politics and society
  • ATS3608 Myth and meaning in ancient worlds
  • ATS3611 Imagining God: The mystic quest in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • ATS3636 Sacred and profane: Religion, the secular and the state
  • ATS3870 Philosophy of religion
  • ATS3884 Space, time and deity: Themes from Hume and Leibniz

* Taught in Prato, Italy. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters

Double degrees

  • 4640 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4644 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts