VCE | Religious Education

The study of Religious Education is compulsory for each year of study at Avila College.

In Year 11, students must study a religious education unit for at least one semester.

Year 11 students may choose either Religion and Society Unit 1 and/or Texts and Traditions Unit 1, or Religion and Society Units 3 & 4.

Year 12 students may choose either School Based Religious Education (3 periods per cycle and not a VCE subject) or Religion and Society Units 3 & 4.


 
 
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Religion and Society | Unit 1

OVERVIEW

In this unit students explore the origins of religions and the role of religions in the development of society, identifying the nature and purpose of religion over time for the individual who is searching for meaning, and for society which is shaped by religious structures, beliefs and ethics. They investigate the contribution of religion generally to the development of human society.

Students examine how religions are shaped by 9 Aspects and how individuals, groups and new ideas have affected and continue to affect religious traditions.

The unit provides an opportunity for students to understand the relationships that exist between individuals, groups, new ideas and religious traditions in the Australian society in which they live. They will participate in an excursion which visits a range of other faith traditions.

UNIT prerequisites

The study of Religious Education is compulsory for each year of study at Avila College.

In Year 11, students must study a Religious Education unit for at least one semester. Year 11 students may choose either Religion and Society Unit 1 and/or Texts and Traditions Unit 1, or Religion and Society Units 3 & 4.

Year 12 students may choose either School Based Religious Education (3 periods per cycle and not a VCE subject) or Religion and Society Units 3 & 4.

AREAS OF STUDY

There are three areas of study:

  1. The nature and purpose of religion

  2. Religion through the ages

  3. Religion in Australia

UNIT ASSESSMENT

A variety of assessment is used in this unit:

  • Research

  • Essay

  • Visual &/or Oral Presentation

  • Media Analysis

  • Examination

For more detailed information about the Religion and Society Unit 1 course and assessment, click here.

PATHWAYS

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Texts and Traditions | Unit 1

OVERVIEW

In this unit students examine the place of texts and their literary forms within a religious tradition. Story-telling is one of the major literary forms in religious traditions; other forms include law, prophecy, sacred songs, reflection and instruction. Students explore the importance of texts at the source of a tradition and how their meaning for the earlier and continuing tradition might be found and described. The process of searching for and giving expression to the meaning of text is called exegesis. This unit introduces students to basic methods of exegesis to bring about a deeper awareness of how texts came about, and the meaning of texts to the religious tradition. This unit also explores how texts have been used by people both within and beyond the religious tradition to bring meaning to issues or ideas in a new cultural setting. This unit requires the study of texts in a variety of literary forms.

UNIT PREREQUISITES

The study of Religious Education is compulsory for each year of study at Avila College. In Year 11, students must study a religious education unit for at least one semester. Year 11 students may choose either Religion and Society Unit 1 and/or Texts and Traditions Unit 1, or Religion and Society Units 3 & 4. Year 12 students may choose either School Based Religious Education (3 periods per cycle and not a VCE subject) or Religion and Society Units 3 & 4.

AREAS OF STUDY

There are three areas of study:

  • Exploring literary forms

  • The formation and exegesis of text

  • Later uses and interpretations of sacred texts

UNIT ASSESSMENT

A variety of assessment is used in this unit:

  • Open Book Test

  • Research

  • Exegesis

  • Presentation

  • Examination

PATHWAYS

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Religion & Society Unit 3 | The Search for Meaning

OVERVIEW

This unit requires students to reflect on: the relationship that religions have with society and the role they can play in that society; the notion of faith and how it is expressed by individuals and communities; and the ways in which religions provide meaning in people’s lives, especially when their faith is tested.

Specifically we study the nature and purpose of the central beliefs of Catholic Christianity with a particular focus on the "Big Questions" of life such as:

  • The nature of God

  • What is my purpose in life?

  • Our relationship with creation (the environment)

  • How we make sense of pain, suffering and death

  • Is there an after life?

Catholics respond to these questions in a range of ways by expressing their beliefs through their rituals, texts, significant life experiences and other aspects of religion. Students need to explore these expressions of beliefs and identify ways in which they engender and nurture meaning in life.

As a case study we look at the life of C.S.Lewis - the author of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe".

PREREQUISITES

Religious Education 7 - 10

 

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Responding to the search for meaning

  • Expressing meaning

  • Significant life experience, religious beliefs and faith.

UNIT ASSESSMENT

  • Outcome One 30%

  • Outcome 2 40%

  • Outcome 3 30%

The assessments in this course are largely short and extended answers. In this unit we do one essay as an assessment.

PATHWAYS


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Religion & Society Unit 4 | Religion, Challenge and Change

OVERVIEW

This unit requires students to draw conclusions about the capacity of religious traditions to respond to challenges posed by society and, correspondingly, how the traditions shape the values of, or pose challenges to, the societies in which they exist.

This unit will require students to examine the history of the Roman Catholic Tradition across a broad sweep of history. They will briefly explore challenges such as:

  • heresy and division in Christianity

  • Martin Luther's challenge to the theology of the Church

  • the rise of science in the Modernist period

  • the rise of secularism

  • the question of Religious Freedom

  • slavery in the contemporary world

  • the challenge of Climate Change

The students will look briefly at this range of challenges drawing conclusions about the relationship between religion and society. The students will then focus on one of the challenges and research the context of the challenge, the stance of the Church over time towards the challenge, and the responses of the Church. Finally, they will evaluate the effectiveness of the Church’s responses.

PREREQUISITES

Religious Education 7 -10

AREAS OF STUDY

There are two areas of study:

  • Challenge and response

  • Interaction of religion and society

UNIT ASSESSMENT

  • Outcome One 50%

  • Outcome Two 50%

All assessments are either short answer or extended answer questions. There are no essays in Unit 4. The examination format is all short and extended answer questions.

PATHWAYS

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School Based Year 12
Religious Education Program

OVERVIEW

During their time at Avila students are called to live a Gospel life as demonstrated by Jesus Christ. Students are challenged to reflect on and explore their Christianity, both philosophically and actively, through the classroom program, Reflection Days and community-based projects.

In their last year of formal study students are encouraged to explore their knowledge, understanding and beliefs in a critical manner so that they have a sense of purpose as young Catholic adults.

ASSESSMENT

This is mostly a discussion based unit. Assessment is based on a range of

  • Reflection

  • Group Presentation

  • Essay

  • Workbook completion