Minor Overview

About this minor
Studying religious practices and beliefs of different cultures, within a variety of historical contexts, is both an important intellectual exercise and crucial for understanding human societies in full context. The European Religious History minor is devoted to the critical study of multiple religious traditions, primarily in historical perspective, from classical- and late-antiquity through the European Middle Ages and Early Modern Era, and into the modern period. It is concerned with examining the histories of specific religious traditions (e.g. Greek and Roman religious traditions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) and their legacies, as well as contact with religious traditions in ancient Egypt and Persia in antiquity, and in Asia and the Americas in the early modern period. It is also concerned with how religion in Europe and the ancient Mediterranean shaped then-contemporary and subsequent thought on a wide range of issues, such as the nature of the divine, ethics, social issues, gender, the environment, and the meaning of life. While it focuses on religious traditions that emerged in the ancient Mediterranean world and developed and changed in European societies thereafter, it also examines the role of religion in colonial encounters, for example the re-interpretation of Christianity by indigenous and enslaved peoples in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Australia. Topics investigated may include religion and society; the history of specific religious traditions; religion in relation to imperialism and colonisation, and to indigenous societies and slavery; gender and religion; religion and science in historical perspective; and religion and politics. For students taking a minor which shares units with their other unit sets (majors or minors): in order for minors to be recognised on academic and graduation documents, students may only have a maximum of one unit overlapping between their unit sets.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge about multiple religious traditions in their historical contexts, from the ancient Mediterranean to early modern Europe; (2) demonstrate a comprehension of the significance for particular societies of religious practices and beliefs; and (3) apply a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledges and methods to the study of religion.


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
not available in 2024 – may be available in 2025 or 2026
Take all units (18 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 CLAN3009 Religion, Society and the Divine from Augustus to Muhammad
any Unit(s) from CLAN
S2 HIST1003 Love, Belief, and Death in Europe, 800-1800
MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe, MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
S1 HIST2345 Renaissance, Reformation, Revolt: Europe 1450–1650
a Level 1 HIST
or GEND unit
or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
HIST2012 Renaissance, Reformation, Revolt: Europe 1450–1650
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
N/A HIST2013 Medieval and Early Modern Women
any Level 1 History unit
or GEND1902 Reading Bodies
or ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
or GEND1901 Gender in Australia
HIST2219 Medieval and Early Modern Women
S2 HIST3456 History of Christianity
Completion of 12 points of level 2 units.
S1 PHIL3006 Philosophy East and West
any Philosophy unit
or PPHE2211.
PHIL2231 Philosophy East and West