Women and Religion

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Women and Religion

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Pre-Law, Religion, Women's and Gender Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course focuses on the role of women in five of the world?s major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It examines the traditional theological principles and the practical laws that have directly impacted, for better or for worse, upon the lives of women within these religious traditions. It also explores historical and contemporary challenges to doctrines and practices that are seen to undermine women?s equality and freedom. Key themes include: femininity and divinity; historical founders? attitudes to women; key scriptural texts and their interpretation; life-cycle rituals; marriage and divorce; sex and procreation; clothing and social freedom; worship and purity; leadership and authority.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.


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