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Unit Overview


This unit invites students to undertake an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the relationship between law and religion. While the focus of the course is Australian law, students are invited to compare the Australian experience with overseas jurisdictions and international law. Classes cover a broad spectrum of topical issues which are considered from the viewpoints of a range of religions, belief systems and academic disciplines. Students undertake research into one issue of their choice in the broad area of law and religion.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Law and Society; Human Rights major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) explain the relationship between law and religion in Australia in a global context; (2) demonstrate basic knowledge of the breadth and complexity of issues in the discipline of law and religion; and (3) develop their skills in undertaking scholarly research of primary and secondary sources utilising legal and social sciences databases.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research project; (2) reflection journals; and (3) participation and engagement. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Renae Barker
Unit rules
For Criminology major students: LAWS1110 Crime and Society
and LAWS2223 Criminal Justice System.
For all other students: LAWS2227 Law in Action.
Contact hours
3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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.