THL474 Teaching Religions Of The World (8)


This subject provides the student with a critical overview of the main world religions within five main categories, an understanding of the differences and similarities between the traditions within those categories with respect to 'Rites of Passage' issues, and the opportunity to develop strategies for teaching religions of the world to school students. The subject combines an academic approach along with practical skills towards a view of enabling the student to uphold the credibility of each religious tradition discussed in the classroom milieu. It examines ways to incorporate spirituality within class sessions, draws links with other perspectives (Biblical, Ethical and Philosophical) and develops appropriate assessment items within a school based curriculum.

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Session 2
DistanceCanberra Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have completed all the core units for the Master of Arts (Religious and Values Education) before enrolling in this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of some shared fundamentals of religious thought
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of various threads in the general development of religious thought
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the five main categories of world religions and their included traditions
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key concepts in the principle of rites of passage
  • be able to prepare a teaching unit in the religions of the world strand


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • development of religious thought from Shamanism towards monotheism;
  • fundamental questions of religious thought;
  • categories of world religions and the traditions within those various categories ? including the principle of syncretism;
  • rites of passage - with specific reference to death rites;
  • identifying pedagogical aims and the preparation of units;
  • assessment issues and the mapping of a 5 - strand curriculum.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.