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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
a Level 1 Anthropology unit
or a Level 1 Political Science unit
or a Level 1 History unit
ANTH2201 Religion and Globalisation
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: 20 hours
tutorials/small group discussions: 9 hours
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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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.