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SY2016 - Gods, Myths and Cults

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

This subject offers an introduction to the sociology of religion. It will proceed historically and thematically, examining topics which are central to the discipline and of relevance to the interests of students. Such areas as the following will be covered: a concise historical overview of the sociology of religion; the sociology of religious experience; the global religious context and the comparative approach to the study of religion; religion in Australian society; religion and the human person; secularisation and the rise of modern atheism; mythology and self in modern society; new religious movements and the new age; conservative and radical religious critiques of modernity.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply skills in analysing relevant issues;
  • display a sociological understanding of religious traditions and issues;
  • formulate independent critical ideas and arguments;
  • identify the key figures, schools and central themes of the sociology of religion.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
AN2110 and AN3110 and SY3016

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