A Post-Secular Age? Religion, the State and Global Society

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
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About this unit

This unit attempts to confront some of the wider issues faced in today’s increasingly globalised world. A Post-Secular Age? Religion, the State and Global Society looks at modern religion and the role it plays in a global society that in many ways, seems closer than ever before but, in others, appears to be riven apart by cross-cultural tension between foes.

Over the course of this 14-week unit, provided by Open Universities and Griffith University, students will be introduced to concepts such as secularisation and millenarianism, and encouraged to apply what they learn to the modern political landscape.

The unit takes a holistic, yet neutral, look at religion and its relationship with different aspects of modern life, such as the state, democracy and libertarian movements, and attempts to encourage students to question and critically examine the world in which they live in.

Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this unit; so anyone can apply.

Areas of study

In this A Post-Secular Age? Religion, the State and Global Society unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Modernity, secularisation and religion
  • Religion, ethnicity and identity politics
  • Religion and globalisation
  • Religious fundamentalism and millenarianism
  • The ‘new’ atheism and its critics
  • Independent study: case study research paper due
  • Religion, human rights and violence
  • Religion and democracy
  • Religion, the state and international order
  • A post-secular age? (1): New religious movements; spirituality and privatised religion; the easternisation of the West
  • A post-secular age? (2): Ecology and indigenous spiritualties
  • Independent study: thematic research essay due

Course pathways

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

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?

Although this unit is not tied into any specific degree program, by completing this unit students will gain a number of transferable skills which will hold them in good stead for future work or study in areas including, but not limited to: political science, sociology, religious study, history and the humanities.

Students will demonstrate understanding and technique in the areas of critical analysis and evaluation, and will also learn to apply theoretical concepts, both in terms of their written work, participation in class discussion. The ability to demonstrate intellectual authority and critical judgement will put the student in a good position as he transitions into the world of employment or academia.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in A Post-Secular Age? Religion, the State and Global Society from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-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 FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. 

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. 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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