Philosophy of Religion

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

Philosophy of Religion is an online unit offered by Open Universities Australia in association with Macquarie University. Its central focus is to explore how religion continues to shape and define the human experience, approaching this influence in a critical manner. Key issues that will be raised include whether religion and science are incompatible, the extent to which religion causes or inhibits violence, and whether a secular society can ever be spiritually fulfilled.

To begin with, you will explore classical problems in the philosophy of religion, including the problem of evil, and the Descartian notion of the perfect being. Following this you will examine the concept of design and purpose in nature, and explore Kantian ideas surrounding religion within the limits of reason. Finally, you will consider the contemporary role of religion, and the limits of tolerance.

Ultimately, by studying the Philosophy of Religion, you will better understand the ethical and theoretical concepts that inform the construct of Western society. The unit will enhance your critical thinking skills, as well as expanding your understanding of the world around you.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply, although it is recommended that you have undertaken some level 1 study.

Areas of study

In this Philosophy of Religion unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Classical problems in philosophy of religion the idea of the perfect being: Descartes
  • Providence and the problem of evil: Leibniz
  • Design and purpose in nature: Hume and Paley
  • Religion within the limits of reason: Kant
  • Faith and subjectivity: Kierkegaard
  • Part 2: Understanding and explaining a secular world. A secular age? Nietzsche and his heirs
  • Religion and morality: Rorty's pragmatism
  • The significance of religious pluralism: Charles Taylor
  • Part 3: Contemporary social issues of religion and science
  • Religious toleration and its limits
  • Religion and violence
  • Review

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

The ability to think critically, analyse, and research effectively is an essential requirement of any graduate career. Through developing an informed, sophisticated understanding of the philosophical context of society, you will be able to think more rigorously about tasks that arise in a professional context. From an employer’s perspective, understanding the complex philosophical questions surrounding religion shows a competency for critical thought and problem solving – both of which are highly sought after skills.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Philosophy of Religion from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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