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.

Unit content includes:

    • Religious Education: An Introduction
    • Religious Education in Catholic Schools
    • More Recent Developments in Educational Models of RE: Content and Method
    • Who Is In Class Today?
    • The Educational Model in RE in Action: From Objectives to Outcomes
    • Planning for Classroom RE
    • The Big and the Small – Exploring classroom realities in a “bigger picture”
    • Specific Topics in RE
    • Focus Topics: Using narrative in RE and Godly Play as pedagogical strategies
    • Do We Have To Do That?
    • Assessment and Evaluation in RE
    • The RE Teacher

Assumed Knowledge 


Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week session, 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.


Prof Richard Rymarz

Teaching methods

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

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.