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Understanding Religion in Australian Society (THE627)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit facilitates investigation of the relationship between Australian society and religion through socio-cultural studies, religious studies and history. It introduces socio-cultural theories to help students understand religion from those perspectives, and focuses on religious phenomena in Australia, including Indigenous Spirituality; Christianity; Buddhism; Islam; Judaism; Bahá'í; Hinduism; and the absence of religious faith, Secularism. Students will present on issues that they may encounter in practice, and how these may be negotiated.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the role faith has shaped Australian society to the present
LO2 Critically evaluate key theoretical and methodological approaches used in analysing the relationship between faith and society
LO3 Display interpretive and critical thinking skills to the understanding of religion in Australian society
LO4 Demonstrate effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit consists of a series of seminars featuring a lecture presentation on the unit content, and student-led presentations on the understanding and negotiating a specific pastoral care issue in relation to a particular religious phenomenon.
Assessment Participation: 10% (internal students only)
Presentation: 30%
Research Paper: 20% internal 30% external
Essay: 40%
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate course.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Chaplaincy (GradDipChap) [New in 2014]
Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTheol) [New in 2014]
Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) [New in 2016]
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Mark Jennings
Adjunct Lecturer

e: m.jennings@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Mark Jennings
Adjunct Lecturer

e: m.jennings@murdoch.edu.au
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