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Graduate Diploma of Religious and Values Education

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Graduate Diploma of Religious and Values Education

Graduate Diploma of Religious and Values Education
Graduate Certificate in Religious and Values Education [exit point only]

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CSU's Religious and Values Education program is designed to provide teachers of religious and values education with a grounding in biblical, philosophical, ethical, and multi-faith disciplines within religious studies. 

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  • Why study this course?

    Religious and Values Education is a recent but growing area of activity in Australian schools. Once confined to independent schools operated by religious organisations, Religious and Values Education is increasingly recognised as an important area of public (government) schools that operate on a secular model. In such contexts the emphasis falls on values education rather than religious education, although many schools would allocate the time already mandated for religious education to this area of activity.

    The course offers a series of in-depth learning experiences, beginning with a study of recent national and international trends in religious and values education. A set of subjects then focus on recent developments in major curriculum areas within the broad field of religious and values education including teaching the Bible, teaching philosophy of religion, teaching religious ethics, and teaching world religions. Students complete a semester of reflective professional practice before proceeding to advanced studies in either philosophical and ethical enquiry, or in media, popular culture and the arts. The capstone subject for the course is an individual research project in religious and values education.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Religious and Values Education (32) [Exit Point Only]
    Core subjects:
    THL470 Religious and Values Education in Context (16)

    and two subjects (16) chosen from:
    THL471 Teaching the Bible
    THL472 Teaching Philosophy of Religion
    THL473 Teaching Religious Ethics
    THL474 Teaching Religions of the World

    Graduate Diploma of Religious and Values Education (64)
    Core subjects:
    THL470 Religious and Values Education in Context (16)
    THL471 Teaching the Bible
    THL472 Teaching Philosophy of Religion
    THL473 Teaching Religious Ethics
    THL474 Teaching Religions of the World
    THL479 Religious and Values Education Reflective Practice (16)

    Students may choose to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Religious and Values Education following the completion of 32 credit points, including core subjects THL470 (16) and two subjects chosen from THL471, THL472, THL473 or THL474.

    Master of Arts (Religious and Valued Education) (96)
    Core subjects:
    THL470 Religious and Values Education in Context (16)
    THL471 Teaching the Bible
    THL472 Teaching Philosophy of Religion
    THL473 Teaching Religious Ethics
    THL474 Teaching Religions of the World
    THL479 Religious and Values Education Reflective Practice (16)

    and one (16) chosen from:
    THL580 Religious and Values Education: Media, Popular Culture & the Arts (16)
    THL581 Religious and Values Education: Philosophical and Ethical Enquiry (16)

    and
    THL585 Religious and Values Education: Research Project (16)

    Students may choose to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Religious and Values Education following the completion of 32 credit points, including core subjects THL470 (16) and two subjects chosen from THL471, THL472, THL473 or THL474.

    Students may choose to exit with a Graduate Diploma of Religious and Values Education following the completion of 64 credit points, including core subjects THL470 (16), THL471, THL472, THL473, THL474, and THL479 (16), 

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate in Religious and Values Education (32) [Exit Point Only]
    Session 1
    THL470 Religious and Values Education in Context (16)

    Session 2
    2 x Restricted Electives (16)

    Graduate Diploma of Religious and Values Education (64)
    Session 1
    THL470 Religious and Values Education in Context (16)

    Session 2
    THL473 Teaching Religious Ethics
    THL474 Teaching Religions of the World

    Session 3
    THL471 Teaching the Bible
    THL472 Teaching Philosophy of Religion

    Session 4
    THL479 Religious and Values Education Reflective Practice (16)

    Master of Arts (Religious and Valued Education) (96)
    Session 1Session 1
    THL470 Religious and Values Education in Context (16)

    Session 2
    THL473 Teaching Religious Ethics
    THL474 Teaching Religions of the World

    Session 3
    THL471 Teaching the Bible
    THL472 Teaching Philosophy of Religion

    Session 4
    THL479 Religious and Values Education Reflective Practice (16)

    Session 5
    THL580 Religious and Values Education: Media, Popular Culture & the Arts (16)
    or
    THL581 Religious and Values Education: Philosophical and Ethical Enquiry (16)

    Session 6
    THL585 Religious and Values Education: Research Project (16)

  • Admission information

    A Bachelors degree in Education or equivalent.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPPGYYNOART
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSYYNJART

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School
    School of Theology

    CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the School is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education. Combined with a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, the School provides a wide range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. Students can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or via distance education. The School is also affiliated with St Barnabas Theological College in Adelaide and St Francis College in Brisbane and there may be opportunities for students to study some parts of their course at these locations.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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