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Studies in Religion

Considering religious expression from diverse viewpoints
We study the religions that people and communities privilege in their lives to explain their existence.

Our discipline comprises distinguished international researchers and committed teachers who are deeply concerned with communicating the complexities of religion in the 21st century. We critically engage with faith and attempt to define its role and function in both historical and contemporary societies, and to chart how it has changed throughout history. 

We cover the full range of religious phenomena, including the global religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, the new religions of Scientology and Wicca and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions. We also explore religious and sacred ideologies and activities such as Anzac Day, sporting events, popular culture fandom, war and patriotism.

Our study offering

Through Studies in Religion you will analyse the concepts that people and communities prioritise in their lives to explain their existence. Acquire the skills to understand the central role of religion in broader socio-cultural practice and investigate the ways in which humans have attributed value to their lives, societies, and other important ideals, from family to nation, individuality and the afterlife.


*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies  degrees.  


Our research

Our researchers are regularly involved in major government-funded collaborative research projects and take leading roles in international research networks. We bring new insights to traditional areas of study including early Christian literature, ritual studies and the study of late antiquity. We also investigate other areas including politics and the secular state, and the fields of art, creativity and new media.

Our people


Studies in Religion is home to a lively seminar series. Details of our seminars can be found on the School of Humanities link on the University's What's On calendar.

Discipline Chair

Dr Christopher Hartney

Senior Lecturer