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RET2000 World Religions

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 28 January 2023


Religion is one of the principal cultural phenomena in which humans participate. Humankind has been concerned throughout recorded history with religious questions, such as the existence of God, the meaning and purpose of life and death, and the sense we make of our lives. In the contemporary world, religion has a significant influence on individuals and societies across the globe, informing significant global events, as well as the everyday detail of people’s lives. In the study of religion, students become aware of their own religious beliefs, the religious beliefs of others, and how people holding such beliefs are able to co-exist in a pluralist society. An understanding of the key religions throughout the world is important in understanding other peoples and cultures, which in turn is crucial in a pluralist and diverse 21st Century. The religions are studied in such a way that students acquire a sense of what it is like to belong to a particular religion and how that influences the way in which the followers of that religion understand the world, act in it, and relate and respond to others.

World Religions provides an overview of the key religions of the world. This course presents an analysis of religion and religious ideas. It explores religious traditions as lived by diverse people within particular geographical, social and historical contexts. The course looks at religion through common themes and examines symbols, rituals, followers, sacred texts, doctrines and beliefs, experiences, ethics and moral concerns, architecture, art and music in the five major world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. The course covers religions and religious thought from the earliest humans to the Ancient and Classical Worlds and right through to today. It seeks to promote respect for the diversity of religious beliefs, both locally and globally, with the aim of enhancing international and inter-religious understanding.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 28 January 2023