As of 2021 Religious Studies is a compulsory minor. For Year 11 students only.
Students in Year 12 will have the option of doing a Registered unit in Youth Ministry which will give them 5 points credit on top of their ATAR for entry to ACU.
Religious Studies helps develop much desired soft skills such as communication, teamwork, creative and critical thinking, ethical decision making, problem-solving and conflict resolution. Religious Studies promotes critical thinking skills which interrogate the big questions of life and critically examine the evidence and arguments given in the various answers by religious and philosophical authorities.
Religious Studies foster moral and ethical development. and offers students the opportunity to gain crucial skills in intrapersonal, interpersonal and intercultural understanding.
Students are also given the opportunity to develop skills of critical evaluation and reflection which are crucial to all career fields, personal development and relationships. As such, Religious Studies offers pathways into a multitude of academic studies and career pathways.
Religious Studies involves learning about the phenomenon of religion in general, and the expression of it within specific religious and philosophical traditions. Religion exerts an important influence on the lives of individuals and societies. Understanding the nature of religion, its practices and its expression gives students’ greater understanding of themselves and the world in which they live.
In 2020 the BSSS is introducing a 4-unit model for students beginning Religious Studies in 2020. This model will integrate and consolidate units into 8 discrete units under two courses – Religious Studies and World Religions. Colleges are free to develop these units accordingly.
The two compulsory Religious Studies units introduce students to the big questions of life. The central question really is “What is a good life and how do I live this life with meaning and purpose in this global and diversified world?
For each unit a minimum of two belief systems must be studied in depth. Beliefs systems may include world religions or first nations spiritualities. It is expected that all major world religions will be studied across the course.
BIG QUESTION: Who am I and why are we here?
Students examine how humanity has sought to understand and express the fundamental questions of existence over time, across cultures and in diverse places. A minimum of two religious or spiritual traditions to be studied in depth
Globalisation and Religion
BIG QUESTION: How are religion and spirituality impacted by globalization?
Students examine the process of globalisation and its influence on religions and spiritualities in the contemporary world. Students examine how religions and spiritualities play a role in shaping globalisation. They explore the concepts such as a global ethic and challenges for the future. A minimum of two belief systems must be studied in depth.
A Good Life
BIG QUESTION: What does it mean to live ‘a good life”
What do various religious and spiritual traditions tell about how to live a good life. How should we live our lives as human beings?
Various ethical issues we might explore are: Moral courage, ethical issues across the lifespan, contemporary ethical issues, AI, health, environmental issues, human relationships.
Expressions of Faith ans Spirit
BIG QUESTION – How is faith and spirituality expressed through creative expression?
Students investigate how religious and spiritual traditions and beliefs shape, form and support creative expression. Students explore forms of communication, such as literature, textiles, art, architecture, oral storytelling, music, digital technology, drama and dance, that seek to explain or illustrate religious and spiritual ideas or experiences. The unit also examines how religious and spiritual expression impacts on and interacts with, groups in society. A minimum of two religious or spiritual traditions to be studied.
BIG QUESTION: What are the burning questions about faith and spirituality that i want to explore?
This unit empowers students to make decisions about their own learning. The content is decided upon by a class, group(s) or individual student in consultation with the teacher
Opportunities study such areas as: