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ED5934 - Catholic Religious Education 4

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

This subject studies principles and methods for implementing Religious Education in classrooms. Students will gain an understanding of the nature, historical development and purposes of Religious Education through an analysis of relevant church documents. Students will identify, examine and critique a variety of approaches to Religious Education by exploring and analysing curriculum approaches and resource materials of selected Australian Catholic schooling systems. Students will examine, critique, develop and evaluate plans for effective teaching and learning strategies in the Religious Education classroom. This will include assessment, reporting and evaluation processes used in Religious Education. Students will participate in learning opportunities for demonstrating and applying Religious Education methods.

Learning Outcomes

  • review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of the historical development and purpose of Religious Education through critical examination of Church documents and the nature of religion & spirituality in childhood and adolescence;
  • examine, critique, create and adapt a variety of Religious Education curriculum approaches (methods) used in the classroom teaching of religion;
  • synthesise the interrelated and separate dimensions of the Religious Life of the School and the Religion Curriculum to generate practical and knowledgeable solutions to planning quality Religious Education;
  • acquire a coherent set of theoretical and theological underpinnings of effectively planned content, teaching strategies and assessment techniques to initiate, plan and evaluate Religious Education curriculum;
  • communicate complex knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through high level speaking, reading, writing, listening and advocacy skills.


Cairns, Block, Study Period 9
Census Date 10-Oct-2019
Face to face teaching (Workshop conducted off campus 23rd to 27th September 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%); unit of work and essay (1500-2000 words) (50%); in-class essay (1200 -1500 words) (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.