PHIL107 - Philosophy of World Religions
Teaching Organisation: This unit involves 150 hours of focused learning, or the equivalent of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. Student learning will be facilitated through classroom engagement in lectures and tutorials, unit–specific online resourcing, structured reading requirements and research tasks, and the preparation of items of assessment. Where possible, learned representatives of faith traditions will be invited to engage with students in class to expose students to lived experience within the faith traditions studied.
This unit assists students to develop a critical understanding of, and philosophical perspective on, the variety of religious belief and practices found in major eastern and western world religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Focusing on the philosophical dimensions underlying these faith traditions, it examines issues such as the nature of the self, understandings of suffering and liberation, metaphysical concepts used in the explication of religious doctrines, the relationship between faith and reason in religious commitment, and the nature and implications of religious pluralism.
The unit aims to assist students to develop an understanding of key concepts, doctrines and practices of these religions, and to apply this understanding to contemporary debates and events. It also looks to enhance students’ skills in the analysis of arguments, and the formulation and communication of coherent positions of their own.