THL472 Teaching Philosophy of Religion (8)

This subject explores some of the questions and issues most commonly discussed in philosophy of religion. It also seeks to equip the students with the tools of philosophical reasoning, analysis and argument that are needed in order to teach philosophy of religion. While the subject will cover academic material, the focus will be on the questions raised by students and strategies for developing answers that will enhance the philosophical understanding of school aged students. It will identify opportunities for connecting philosophy to the other perspectives (biblical, world religions and ethics) in order to facilitate the integration of philosophy into the curriculum.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL472. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Arts (Religious and Values Education) - Core Subject
Graduate Diploma of Religious and Values Education - Core Subject
Master of Ministry - Elective

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 a knowledge of the nature and scope of philosophy
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the philosophical questions which arise within a school curriculum
  • be able to outline and discuss the main issues and concepts in philosophy of religion
  • be able to demonstrate skills in philosophical thinking and writing and develop strategies for teaching them
  • be able to prepare a teaching unit that incorporates philosophical questions and issues


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • general introduction to philosophy; its nature and its scope
  • brief introduction to philosophical tools of reasoning, argument and analysis
  • exploration of philosophical questions most commonly asked in the classroom and development of strategies for answering these questions
  • study of selected material from within the philosophical tradition: arguments for and against the existence of God, the problem of evil, religion and science, concept of God, life after death, claims to truth and the nature of belief
  • developing strategies for teaching philosophy
  • discussion of assessment issues in teaching philosophy


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.