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ED5931 - Catholic Religious Education 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject focuses on Scripture and its application in Catholic Education. In this subject students will be introduced to the Bible, its composition, chronology, genres, and provenance, attending to both Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Testament. Students will explore the historical, political, geographical, socio-cultural and religious frameworks behind the production of biblical texts. They will learn to apply a variety of methods of textual analysis, based on principles of Catholic biblical criticism. Students will research and critique a number of methods and strategies for teaching scripture texts in the primary and secondary classroom, and explore the understandings and uses of the Bible by Christian communities and individuals.

Learning Outcomes

  • know and understand biblical texts and hermeneutics that shape the reading of scripture;
  • apply knowledge to new understandings of uses of the Bible by different Christian communities;
  • think critically , analyse and evaluate the principles underpinning the use of biblical texts for teaching and learning religion;
  • analyse, reason, adapt and consolidate a range of creative and collaborative strategies for teaching scripture texts in the classroom and evidence-based teaching strategies to support student engagement in the learning about biblical criticism;
  • communicate complex knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through high level speaking, reading, writing, listening and advocacy skills.


Cairns, Study Period 10, Block
Census Date 12-Dec-2019
Face to face teaching (Workshop conducted off campus 9th to 13th December 2019 and pre-workshop task (Cairns))
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Louisa Tomas Engel
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 25 hours workshops/Seminars - Workshop conducted off campus and pre-workshop task.
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: in-class test - (500 words) (10%); in-class essay (1200-1500 words) (40%); essay (1500-2000 words) (50%).

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