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LAW3482 Law and Religion

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW2211


The interrelationship of law and religion has deep historical roots, and one cannot fully understand the one without understanding the other. Law shapes the institutional organizational arrangement of religious groups, sets limits on their activities, and carves out a protected space for their activities. Religion influences the type of government a country adopts as well as the content of the laws it enacts and the goals it tries to achieve. Today, many of the most pressing issues facing western democracies like Australia is how to navigate the tension between liberal values of freedom and autonomy and religious values derived from revelation and tradition. The School of Law and Justice has a strong concentration of law and religion scholars, and is well-poised to deliver students the basic knowledge necessary to understand and navigate these tensions.

The primary aim of this course is to familiarise students with the twin liberal democratic norms of freedom of religion and separation of church and state. This will be accomplished through an exploration of concepts like toleration, pluralism, accommodation, and secularism. Australian constitutional and statutory law will be examined to prepare students for issues they may encounter in legal practice. In addition, students will be exposed to current and pressing issues in the field of law and religion, such as the ethical responsibilities of religious lawyers, the human rights protections afforded religious minorities, and the complexities of private systems of religious law. Course material will be delivered through extensive readings, guest speakers, and classroom discussion. Assessment will be through reflective responses on key course themes.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Interim Trimester 3, 2023 Online
Date printed 24 September 2023