Religious Education

All Directed studies, Capstone Units and IMER900 will be offered in all trimesters as required by students.

Units

2020 Availability

REDU800

Foundations for Religious Education Theory and Practice

Unit overview and content

This unit provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge and understanding of Religious Education in both its conceptual and practical aspects. The theoretical insights from research in general education contexts will be explored for their relevance to prominent theories of Religious Education. The relevance of historical, philosophical and theological insights to current Religious Education practices will also be examined. The unit will ultimately challenge students to relate their knowledge of Religious Education to a particular setting in which Religious Education is taught.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Discussion Forum (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU801

Religious Education in the Contemporary Classroom

Unit overview and content

In this unit, students will be exposed to current trends in Religious Education across a variety of educational systems in Australia and internationally.  The aim of the unit is to increase awareness of the many debates and curricula that characterise the field of Religious Education and how these impact on classroom practices. In studying the contemporary classroom, the unit will also consider the current context of religious and cultural pluralism, and the challenges that this presents in Religious Education contexts (in both faith-based schools and non-faith based schools).

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Discussion Forum (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU802

Religious Education Symposium

Unit Overview and Content

This unit provides students with the opportunity to review religious education in relationship to the goals of Catholic education. It draws on students’ participation in the National RE symposium as a catalyst for exploring how the practice of religious education is impacted upon, and can be improved, by critical reflection on key issues that impact upon this discipline.

Study hours

20 hours per week for 6 week Spring intensive, comprised of:

  • Active participation in the 2 day National RE Symposium (12 hours)
  • At least six hours per week of reading
  • At least twelve hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching Methods

Key notes and workshops at the National RE Symposium; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Discussion Forum (30%)
    Major Essay (40%)
    PowerPoint Presentation (30%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU900

Advanced Studies in Religious Education for the 21st Century

Unit overview and content

In this unit, students will study, at an advanced level, contemporary theories of Religious Education and their intersections with the discipline of Theology. Furthermore, students will explore in detail the current context for Religious Education, including its status in contemporary political discourse and educational theory as well as the realities of religious and cultural pluralism in which it finds its expression.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Discussion Forum (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU901

Contemporary Pedagogies and Classroom Practices in Religious Education

Unit overview and content

In this unit, students will be exposed to updated pedagogical theory and associated practices emanating from a range of disciplinary research, including psychology, sociology, philosophy and neuroscience. The aim of the unit is to challenge students to make links between the pedagogical thinking that is driving educational innovation generally and the particular ramification for religious education.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Discussion Forum (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU902

Research and Praxis in Religious Education

Unit overview and content

Advanced studies in the areas of Religious Education and Theology require students to have knowledge of, and to be able to apply, a diverse range of research principles and methodologies in order to propose, justify and interpret theoretical propositions, conclusions and professional decisions in their leadership roles. Furthermore, graduates of the Master of Religious Education course need to demonstrate their ability to communicate and implement these disciplines, so the unit will provide an overview of research methodologies used within the disciplines of Religious Education and Theology and provide the opportunity to apply them to selected issues.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Research Proposal (30%)
  • Literature Review (30%)
  • Audio/Visual Presentation (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU903

Capstone Project in Religious Education

Unit overview and content

This capstone project provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their attainment of the requisite course outcomes for the Master of Religious Education course by synthesising the knowledge they have attained throughout their studies with the advanced research and presentation skills that they have developed in a research or research/application project of their own choosing. Furthermore, the capstone project is designed to enable students to make the transition between study and further learning and/or professional practice by providing an opportunity to draw conclusions and make professional decisions as a basis for ongoing investigation as well as intellectual and/or professional development. In this unit, students will work with their unit coordinator to initiate, plan, justify, and complete a substantial project to fulfil these goals.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; one-to-one supervision.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Oral Presentation to a non-academic audience (20%)
  • Final Research Paper (80%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU911

Leadership and Religious Education

Unit overview and content

In this unit, students will study, at an advanced level, contemporary theories of  leadership in religious education.  A key aspect of the unit is how leadership in religious education are informed by theology and canon law and church governance.  Students will explore in detail the current context for leadership in religious education as well as the realities of religious and cultural pluralism in contemporary culture.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Discussion Forum (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU913

Key Thinkers in Religious Education

Unit overview and content

In this unit, students will be exposed to a range of key theoretical positions that inform practise in contemporary religious education. The aim of the unit is to challenge students to make links between their own thinking and major conceptual thinking in the discipline

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Discussion Forum (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU914

Religion and Young People in Australia and Abroad

Unit overview and content

This unit is an advanced study into the relationship between religion and young people in Australia. It begins by exploring empirical research studies of youth and religion internationally, and turns to focus on studies in the Australian context. The unit enables students to develop a critical understanding of how various religious organisations such as churches and educational institutions, approach the intellectual and spiritual development of young people.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Discussion Forum (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU915

Godly Play, Religious Education and the Future

Unit overview and content

In this unit, students will study how the Godly Play approach can influence the development of religious education pedagogy in Catholic schools. The contributions of Maria Montessori, E. M. Standing and Sofia Cavalletti to religious education will be examined, as will the influence of the Montessori Method on Jerome Berryman’s approach to religious education, known as Godly Play. Students will apply key principals of Godly Play to contemporary religious education to create new stories and materials, as well as identify some of the challenges this approach poses for pedagogical practice in Australian Catholic classrooms.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments. Opportunities for face-to-face offerings also exist.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Discussion Forum (30%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Minor Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU916

Theology of Religious Education

Unit overview and content

This unit focuses on issues of theological concern for religious educators. It enables students to critically analyse theological conceptions of Religious Education; develop skills for articulating the relationship between Theology and Religious Education; and explore issues of practice which arise out of their study in this area..

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Discussion Forum (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

REDU999

Independent Directed Study (Religious Education)

Unit overview and content

This unit provides the opportunity for specialised study in a particular discipline under the tutelage and guidance of a specialist in the field. It seeks to further the learning experience of the student by engaging in issues aligned with a particular area within Religious Education in a specialised area of interest to the student.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least 10 hour per week of directed study, including reading, research, consultation with tutor and writing up of assessment tasks.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Research Proposal (30%)
  • Literature Review (30%)
  • Critical Evaluation (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3