Sub-major - Studies of Religion

Western Sydney University Sub-major Code: SM1136.1

This version of the specialisation is available to new and continuing students.

Related Courses

1652.8 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)
1652.9 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)
1823.4 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) Dean's Scholars
1823.5 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) Dean's Scholars
6021.3 Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)
6021.4 Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : YES, if the specialisation is available on your Home campus. Please ensure your course structure allows space for enrolment in the units in this unit set. Students must also meet any pre-requisite requirements. Consult your Course Advisor for further advice.

Studies of Religion is a multidisciplinary sub-major that provides a critical study of religion that is inclusive and diverse. Students will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of religion and explore the significance of religion to people and society. The sub-major includes units from history, philosophy and sociology. It examines the nature of religion and belief systems, including the influence, expression and relevance of religion and belief systems to contemporary Australia. This sub-major meets NSW Education Standards (NESA) content requirements for students who wish to teach Studies of Religion in NSW Secondary Schools. The skills and knowledge acquired can also be used for career pathways in the public sector, teaching, research, curating, law or politics.


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Sub-major Structure

To complete a sub-major in Studies of Religion, students are required to successfully complete 40 credit points as follows.

Note: Not all units will be offered each year. Units will be offered on a rotational basis. Not all units will be available on all campuses.

Students must complete at least one of the following units:

101359 Sociology of Religion
101965 Philosophy of Religion
102734 History of Religion

Additional units to complete the sub-major can be chosen from the above three units or from the pool units listed below.

Level 1 Unit Pool

102823 Islam: Past, Present and Future

Level 2 Unit Pool

102294 Islam in the Modern World
102002 Religion and the Origins of Modern Science
101882 A History of Modern Global Buddhism

Level 3 Unit Pool

102184 History of Muslim Civilisations and Ideas
102495 Mystical Islam: The Emergence of Sufism in World History

The Level 1 unit listed below counts towards completion of the sub-major for students who successfully completed the units in 2020 or earlier.

Equivalent unit

101462 - Understanding Islam and Muslim Societies

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