Credit points: 15

Subject outline

What can contemporary expressions of religious life and spiritual experience tell us about ourselves, the societies we live in and the nature of social change in our world? In this subject students examine how contemporary orientations to faith, piety, spirituality and the search for self-transcendence connect to broader debates and transformations across the globe. Students in this subject are given the opportunity to develop their conceptual, self-reflexive and critical abilities as they investigate the personal, local and global implications of religious life and spirituality. Who said modernization would be the death of religion, and why? Can religious claims and secular criticisms co-exist? What explains the success of global religious movements? Does the soul have a body? Are religion and spirituality forms of social critique? These questions will be addressed on the basis of case studies drawn from western, non-western, developed and developing countries.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorWendy Mee

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year sociology subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects SOC2SRS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorWendy Mee

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Class based excercises (1,600-word equivalent)40
one 2,400-word research essay60