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Studies in Religion

The Department of Studies in Religion is part of the School of Letters, Art and Media.

The department provides open, serious, scholarly and critical study of religion, aiming to offer the broadest possible curriculum. Units of study covering Celtic and Germanic mythology, history of Christianity, religion and politics, the connections of religion with sexuality and consumer culture, the interface of religion with art and film, religious violence and a range of new religious phenomena, are offered on a rotating cycle.

The department offers a program in undergraduate coursework and postgraduate research study. Students begin Studies in Religion by completing two junior units of study. RLST1002 History of God, Deities and Demons, charts concepts of God and the divine from prehistory through the ancient world to the modern. RLST1005 Atheism, Fundamentalism & New Religions considers issues of contemporary debate through the lens of various ongoing controversies.

Requirements for a major
For a major in Studies in Religion students must complete the following:

  • 2 junior units of study (12 credit points) from Studies in Religion, or equivalent as assessed by the Department.
  • 6 senior units of study (36 credit points) from Studies in Religion.

Refer to Table A in this Handbook for units of study available in the current year.

Up to 18 senior credit points of units from approved cross-listed units of study may be counted towards the major.

Refer to Table A in this Handbook for cross-listed units of study available in the current year.


Honours is a stimulating and prestigious way to cap off your undergraduate studies, and involves a methodology seminar and the writing of a thesis in which you personally devise and research a project under the supervision of an academic staff member.

It is possible to do fourth year honours in Studies in Religion if you complete a further 12 senior credit points (including RLST3601 Rethinking Religion) and your average result across the 48 credit points of Religion is a Credit or better (65+).

Refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy for Honours:

Contact/Further Information

Department website:

Undergraduate Coordinator: Professor Iain Gardner
Phone: +61 2 9351 4484

Honours Coordinator: Dr Jay Johnston
Phone: +61 2 9351 6840