UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANTH2901 Religion and Globalisation

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
Content Far from fading away with the advance of modernity, religion is here to stay. Indeed, the global processes that seem to draw us all into tighter networks of interaction often intensify commitments to particular religious traditions. This unit approaches questions surrounding religion and globalisation historically and cross-culturally, with particular emphasis on the historical roles of religion within the European tradition and on contemporary religious trends in Australia and the wider Asia–Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe the key concepts, theories and debates within contemporary studies of religion; (2) gain familiarity with major themes in major and minor religious traditions; (3) approach complex issues and contemporary debates surrounding religion and globalisation and are able to link academic discussions to questions of social policy, economic inequality and human rights; (4) participate in small group discussions where students of diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds engage in honest and respectful discussion of often politically fraught and emotionally laden issues; and (5) develop a written and verbal capacity to present clear, lucid, well-documented arguments.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a two-hour examination; (2) a 2500-word research essay; and (3) a 750-word tutorial essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Debra McDougall
Unit rules
Prerequisites: a Level 1 Anthropology unit or a Level 1 Political Science unit or a Level 1 History unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2201 Religion and Globalisation
Contact hours lectures/workshops: 20 hours; tutorials/small group discussions: 9 hours
Note LCS (Lecture Capture System) recordings are intended to supplement, but not replace, attendance at scheduled class activities including lectures, workshops and small group discussions.

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