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RET1000 Examining the Sacred

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 26 May 2022


The term ‘sacred’ means different things to different people. It is important that students have an understanding of this term as it has both religious and sociocultural connotations. The concept of sacred is important to understand as a basis of study in philosophy, anthropology, sociology and religion. The construct of ‘the sacred’ will be considered from both religious and non-religious perspectives. Many students undertaking this course may be preparing to teach Religion and Ethics and this concept and its wider implications are taught at a senior secondary level in both religious and government schools.

Examining the Sacred provides an overview of what the concept of `sacred' means in its various contexts - both religious and secular. This course presents an overview of spirituality as well as culture, belief and traditions held sacred by different groups worldwide. It provokes thought and contemporary debate on issues such as: what is spirituality, what is worship, what is sacred, is there a difference between sacred and culture. It also provides an introduction to the importance of sacred traditions and how these are commemorated in their various celebrations. Students will draw on their personal experiences and traditions as well as looking at contemporary culture to inform new perspectives on what it means to be religious, spiritual or sacred.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 26 May 2022