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.

Outcomes
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.
Incompatibility

MJD-HISTY - History

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022

Note:Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 CLAN3009 Religion, Society and the Divine in the Roman World: From Augustus to Augustine
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Unit(s) from CLAN
or
HIST
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 HIST1003 Love, Belief, and Death in Europe, 800-1800
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe, MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
S2 HIST2345 Renaissance, Reformation, Revolt: Europe 1450–1650
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 HIST
or
GEND unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
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
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 History unit
or
GEND1902 Reading Bodies
or
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
HIST2219 Medieval and Early Modern Women
S1 HIST3456 History of Christianity
Prerequisites:
Completion of 12 points of level 2 units.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 PHIL3006 Philosophy East and West
Prerequisites:
any Philosophy unit
or
PPHE2211.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PHIL2231 Philosophy East and West