ASR300 - Religion, Rights and Governance

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Anna Halafoff
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


Religion has played a prominent role in the public sphere in the last two decades due to processes of globalisation and mediatisation. Societies are increasingly religiously diverse and non-religious, largely as a result of widespread movement of people, and global media is increasingly shaping our societies and influencing public policies. In addition, religion has frequently been the subject of public debate and concern regarding issues of radicalisation, values, gender equity and environmental risks. This unit examines the nexus between religion, rights, and governance, through the study of theories of managing and governing religious diversity. These theories will then be applied to a range of public policy issues pertaining to religion and education, sexuality, animal rights and countering extremism in and beyond Australia.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Analyse sociology of religion theories on the management and governance of religious diversity from Australian and international contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Clearly communicate the findings and analyses of sociology of religion concepts and theories in written and oral formats to a range of audiences, individually and in a team

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork


Critically evaluate theoretical approaches to religion and governance, and current policies and practices of religious and non-religious communities and governments at local, state, national and international levels

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Develop and propose new theories and policies for religion and governance individually and in a team

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Report 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ASR300
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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