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RLST3606: Sacred Creativity: Text, Image, Film

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

The keys to human creativity have long been encoded in religious endeavour. Here we examine the thoughts and methods that have enabled profound artistic and literary responses within, and in response to, religious worldviews. The impact of inspiration, prophecy, dreams, drug-taking, and ritual on great art, literature, and film will be demonstrated.

Unit details and rules

Unit code RLST3606
Academic unit Studies in Religion
Credit points 6
RLST2628 or RLST2625
12 credit points at 2000 level in Studies in Religion
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Christopher Humphrey Hartney,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Research Presentation
Research Presentation in Class
10% Week 06 3mins
Outcomes assessed: LO6
Assignment Essay on creative methods
Essay on creative methods
25% Week 07
Due date: 23 Apr 2021 at 23:00

Closing date: 04 Jun 2021
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Assignment Object/Text Related Essay
Object/Text Related Essay/Research Project
50% Week 12
Due date: 28 May 2021 at 23:00

Closing date: 04 Jun 2021
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Small continuous assessment Participation
Each seminar will have a participation question. Students must answer 3.
15% Weekly
Closing date: 04 Jun 2021
300 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO5 LO4

Assessment summary

Standard FASS penalties for late work will be applied

Assessment criteria

Standard university grade scales will be used in this unit.


For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Students will be able to link accumulated knowledge on religion and sacrality to the analysis of creativity
  • LO2. Students will investigate creative responses to novel problems in the discipline.
  • LO3. Students will work across cultural backgrounds and collaboratively.
  • LO4. Using various disciplinary approaches to creativity and sacrality students will analyse the social role of the creative process
  • LO5. Students will work in groups to reflect ethically as the incorporate new information into prevailing methodological prisms
  • LO6. Students will consider how their own creative processes inform on their research and society more generally.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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