Postgraduate Studies: Centre for Religious Studies

Postgraduate Programs

Postgraduate supervision for those wishing to pursue research degrees in religious studies and theology is available through the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology. The centre also offers interdisciplinary subjects at the postgraduate level which examine the beliefs and practices of different religious traditions. Masters by coursework and masters by coursework and research programs are offered by the centre. Further details can be obtained from the director.

Research Supervison available in the following areas:

  • Biblical Studies – Jewish and Christian
  • Christian history and theology (from patristics to modernity)
  • Islamic Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Gender and Ecology Theology
  • Religion and Literature
  • Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
  • Philosophy of Religion

This list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. Not all staff will be available in any given year or semester. Staff members’ interests range widely, and students who wish to work on topics not covered in this list can possibly be accommodated, you should contact the Director, Professor Constant Mews for further information.

For information contact the Director  Professor Constant Mews, +61 3 990 52185.

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ARTS (Research)

Students complete 48 points including a research project, at least one methodology unit, and two elective units chosen from the list below (note that not all units are offered each year).

Research unit

  • APG4675 Research paper in religion and theology

Methodology units

  • APG4289 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • APG4302 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • APG4343 Religion and ceremony in Australian society

Elective units

  • APG4278 Religion and secularism in the quest for European integration
  • APG4285 Dante’s medieval world: Politics, religion and the city
  • APG4288 Angels and demons: Rome, the papacy and the world
  • APG4307 Cultures of devotion in Renaissance Italy
  • APG4319 Zionism: The argument
  • APG4320 Jewish history, Jewish memory
  • APG4339 Sustainability and the sacred
  • APG4340 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross-cultural analysis
  • APG4341 Interpreting the sources of Islam: The Qur’an and Hadith
  • APG4342 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • APG4344 Sexuality and religion: Monotheist traditions
  • APG4676 Medieval women and their world: Literacy, authority and spirituality

Students may apply to undertake units at level four at another tertiary institution, such as the Melbourne College of Divinity, approved by the director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology.

Units taken outside Monash will not amount to more than 50 per cent.

MASTER OF ARTS BY RESEARCH AND COURSEWORK

The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry at:

http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/religion-and-theology/pg-arts-religion-and-theology.html.

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • APG5278 Religion and secularism in the quest for European integration
  • APG5289 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • APG5302 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • APG5307 Cultures of devotion in Renaissance Italy
  • APG5319 Zionism: The argument
  • APG5320 Jewish history, Jewish memory
  • APG5339 Sustainability and the sacred
  • APG5340 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross- cultural analysis
  • APG5342 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • APG5343 Religion and ceremony in Australian society
  • APG5344 Sexuality and religion: Monotheist traditions
  • APG5675 Research paper in religion and theology
  • APG5676 Medieval women and their world: Literacy, authority and spirituality
  • other units by permission

* At least one of these units must be taken if not already completed at honours or masters qualifying or in the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research).

Course coordinator

Professor Constant Mews

Educational objectives

Students who successfully complete the MA in religion and theology will have demonstrated their ability to analyse religious and theological issues in their cultural, historical and literary context, in the light of contemporary theoretical perspectives; demonstrated their understanding of the interaction between religion and society as well as of the role of sacred texts in the self-understanding of a religious tradition; demonstrated their ability to discuss critically and clearly the contemporary significance of a variety of religious traditions and perspectives.

For more information on postgraduate programmes in religion and theology please see the current handbook.