Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The rise of militant Islamist groups is one of the defining features of late modern geopolitics. In this course, students critically engage with the history of religious fundamentalism: as ideology, social movement, and political force. Students will research the changing place of religion in modernity, the sources of religious knowledge, and the social, political and cultural drivers of religious change. Students encounter diverse fundamentalisms such as in Protestant Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Secularism. Students analyse the global flow of ideas through international religious networks, and study the dynamics of religious movements in late modernity through a range of themes that have become touchstones for conservative religion. These may include evolution, textual criticism, abortion, homosexuality, women's movements and campaigns for religious freedom. Students develop critical understandings of global religious diversity.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTimothy Jones

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning Activities1 individual 2000 word essay, 1 individual 1000 word exam, tutorial portfolio

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of level 2 subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyEnrolment accepted until quota reached

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Knowledge: Demonstrate an understanding of changes in the status of religion in the twentieth century
02. Knowledge: Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of conceptual approaches to interpreting the past
03. Communication: Construct an evidence-based argument
04. Research: Identify and interpret a wide variety of primary and secondary materials
05. Analysis: Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past
06. Reflection: Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in their study of history

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Winter semester, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size50

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTimothy Jones

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 25 - 28
Three 3.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 25 to week 28 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 25 - 28
Three 3.00 hours unscheduled online class other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 25 to week 28 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Tutorial Portfolio (1000 words) Portfolio of in class assessment tasks such as quizzes and comprehension exercises based on tutorial preparation materials

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Research Essay (2000 words) Longer form essay developing students' skills in researching a topic in depth

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Take Home Exam (1000 words equivalent) Examination based on critical reflection of the subject's key themes

N/AOther written examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6