World Religions


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: CCM304
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Kevin Hovey


CCM101—Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry or 40 credit points

Awards offering World Religions

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


Students should be able to:

  1. Describe the historical development, practices, institutions and cultural expressions of a number of world religious traditions;
  2. Summarise and analyse beliefs and practices common to Australian indigenous religions;
  3. Justify the value of understanding world religions in contemporary multicultural societies.
  4. Critique Christian approaches to world religions, focusing on their effectiveness;
  5. Explain theoretical issues in defining and describing living world religions;
  6. Critically integrate knowledge of world religious traditions within social and vocational settings.

Subject Content

  1. Introduction: the characteristics and functions of religion in society
  2. Judaism
  3. Animism
  4. Hinduism
  5. Buddhism
  6. Islam
  7. Other Asian Religions (Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto)
  8. Religious practices in contemporary Australian society, particular Australian Indigenous religions.
  9. Fundamentalist and Radical Movements in the Major World Religions and New Religious Movements
  10. Religion and Religions in a 21st Century World

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (on site)
  • E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive
  • Mixed/blended
  • Distance/independent learning (untimetabled)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Postings 20% (2500 words)
  • Interview Report 30% (1500 words)
  • Major Essay 50% (2500 words)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided