World Religions

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    World Religions

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The course offers an introduction to the major faith traditions of the world and other spiritualities and modern expressions of religion.
    Course Introduction
    This course will introduce the student to the basic principles of many of the world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and New Religious Movements and contemporary spiritualities. Australian and Indigenous religions will also be discussed.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Discuss the difficulties in defining ?religion? and 'spirituality'.
    2. Outline the importance of context and discipline in defining religion.
    3. Compare, contrast and analyse the main belief systems and current manifestations of the major world religions studied in this course.
    4. Describe some characteristics of indigenous religions around the world.
    5. Examine and investigate attitudes to religion throughout particular histories as well as the social conditions that have contributed to those attitudes.
    6. Identify, analyse and reflect on the different religions represented in Australian society and compare these religions to those throughout the rest of the world.
    7. Examine, discuss and debate the main controversies associated with current world religions.
    8. Conduct advanced research independently, and demonstrate reasoned thought, creativity and a high quality of written expression.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.