Studies in Religion

Studies in Religion is concerned with the diversity of religious experience and expression across all civilisations, ancient and modern, and all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

In Studies in Religion we look at the circumstances under which religions come into being, their founders, their sacred writings and stories, the structures of believing communities, and how the most important features of these religions develop within different societies.

The first year units focus on the five major world religions. At advanced level, students have the choice of undertaking study in areas such as Islam, Buddhism, early Judaism and Christianity and their scriptures, the Crusades, ancient Mediterranean religions (Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Canaan and others), issues in modern church history, women and world religions, philosophy, and more. All units of study encourage a critical and open attitude to all religions; offer a breadth of methods drawn from history, philosophy, sociology, political and literary theory; are concerned with both traditional and contemporary expressions of religion; and focus on the part religions play within social and political life nationally and internationally.



Advanced Diploma in Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching
Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice
Bachelor of International Studies

Bachelor Honours

Bachelor of Arts with Honours 

Postgraduate Research

Master of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy

Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Certificate in Arts
Master of Arts


RELS180 Exploring the Sacred
RELS182 World Religions Today
RELS184 Magic and the Supernatural in History and Culture
RELS300 New Religions, Cults & Popular Spiritualities 
RELS381 Chinese and Japanese Religion: A History 
RELS384 Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELS385 Women, Gender and the World's Religions
RELS386 Buddhism: A History
RELS387 Earliest Christianity: Social Context and Sacred Text
RELS388 The Pagan Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome
RELS392 Meditation in Eastern Religions 
RELS401H Studies in Religion Hons Coursework
RELS402H Studies in Religion Hons Dissertation
RELS581 Chinese and Japanese Religion: A History 
RELS584 Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELS585 Women, Gender and the World's Religions
RELS586 Buddhism: A History
RELS587 Earliest Christianity: Social Context and Sacred Text
RELS588 The Pagan Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome


Studies in Religion provides a solid grounding in some of the world's most significant literatures, ideas, and belief systems. It aims to create a multidisciplinary critical skills base in the area of religion for those in training for, or active within, professions that engage with the religious aspect of multicultural societies—law, teaching, social work, counselling, journalism, public service, business, marketing, defence, and foreign service, to name but a few. In particular, it provides a breadth of expertise for those wishing to teach Studies in Religion courses in secondary schools. It also provides a suite of offerings for those simply wishing to investigate the place of religion within ancient and contemporary national and international societies and politics.

Indeed, all offerings within the School of Humanities are designed to help you to acquire the skills of critical analysis, clear oral and written communication, and independent research.