Details for World Religions
This unit is designed to explore historical, theological and philosophical bases of world religions.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: CON504
- Credit points: 10
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit World Religions is part of the subject area Theology and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of the history, fundamental doctrines and beliefs of a number of religious traditions outside their own.
- describe the historical development, practices, institutions and cultural expressions of a number of the great world religious traditions.
- critically assess the importance of world religions for life in contemporary multicultural societies
- apply their knowledge of world religious traditions to vocational and social settings; appreciate the value of understanding world religions for thinking empathetically and critically about conflicting religious claims.
- Religions of Antiquity
- Indigenous Religions and Animism
- Minority Religions
- Asian Religions; New Religious Movements
Forum responses, minor essay, major essay.
- Gwynne, Paul. World religions in practice: a comparative introduction, Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2009.
Chang, Maria Hsia Falun Gong: The end of days. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.
Charlesworth, Max, Francoise Dussart, and Howard Morphy (eds.). Aboriginal Religions In Australia: An Anthology Of Recent Writings. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2005.
Christiano, Kevin J., et al. Sociology of Religion: Contemporary developments. Lanham, MD: AltaMiraPress, 2001.
Christopher Partridge (ed.). The New Lion Handbook: The World’s Religions. Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2005.
Davey, Barbara Jane. Introduction to Pagan Studies. Lanham: Altamira Press, 2007.
Esposito, John L., Darrell J. Fasching, and Todd Lewis. Religion and Globalization: World religions in historical perspective. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Fakhry, Majid. Islamic Philosophy, Theology, and Mysticism. Oxford: OneWorld, 2000.
Fowler, Jeaneane. An Introduction to the Philosophy and Religion of Taoism: Pathways to Immortality. Brighton: SussexAcademic Press, 2005.
Heibert, P., R.D. Shaw, and T.Tienou. Understanding Folk Religion. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001.
Hewer, C. T. R., Understanding Islam: an introduction, Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2006.
Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler, Confucianism, New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2009.