- 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):
|Religion, Society and the Divine from Augustus to Muhammad
|Love, Belief, and Death in Europe, 800-1800
|Renaissance, Reformation, Revolt: Europe 1450–1650
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
|Medieval and Early Modern Women
|History of Christianity
|Philosophy East and West