Religion and Life ATAR 1

Week 2

The search for meaning 

  • the relationship between important life events e.g. marriage, death and the questions people ask about meaning and purpose in their lives 
  • impact social attitudes have on the ways people respond to the meaning and purpose offered by religion.

Week 1

We use this week to set up the course. This will include: 

  • using iPads 
  • the text being developed in iTunes-U

Week 2

The search for meaning 

  • the relationship between important life events e.g. marriage, death and the questions people ask about meaning and purpose in their lives 
  • impact social attitudes have on the ways people respond to the meaning and purpose offered by religion.    

Week 3

Religious belief systems 

  • place of religious and secular values in society 
  • different perspectives and traditions within religious faith traditions

Week 4

Religious belief systems

  • historical development of religious beliefs and practices 
  • Assessment 1: World Religions Investigation Seminar - presentations.

Week 5

Religious practices and structures 

  • Rites of passage in a religious and secular context, e.g., birth, adolescence, marriage, death. 
  • Expressions of religion, such as worship, and other celebrations
  • Assessment 1: World Religions Investigation Seminar - written component.

Week 6

Religious practices and structures

  • variety of ways used by people to engage in the practices and structures of particular religions 

Week 7

The place of religion in society 

  • the influence of religion on society

Week 8

The place of religion in society 

  • reactions and attitudes towards religion in society 
  • reasons for and against the involvement of religion in society 
  • Assessment 2: Document analysis - religious affiliation 

Week 9

Religion in historical and cultural contexts 
  • the changing role of religion in society
  • religion as part of the fabric of Australian society

Review of Week 8

Before we move into the material for this week, let's review what happened in Week 8. I am particularly interested in whether or not you created a timeline of the development of the Judeo-Christian faith. The act of creating the timeline should give you a sense of the scale of the "project". We can use the timeline to help us appreciate the rate of change in the role of religion in contemporary society. 

How much have you covered of the material placed in iTunesU for this course? For instance, have you completed the "pyramid" activity relating to Abraham? I would like to spend some time looking at which biblical people you chose to add to the pyramid. 

Where are you at with assessment tasks?

And now for Week 9 ... 

Well, I found out that you haven't done much about the concept of salvation history, so we will have to deal with that so that the next assessment task will have a context. We will build on the work done on Wednesday (working through the readings from the Easter Vigil Mass - God's promises to the Chosen People) to establish the context for the next task. 

Religions are shaped by historical events. Consider, for a moment, the impact on Catholicism of the scandal of child sex abuse by members of the clergy and religious orders. Consider, too, the impact of the state sanctioned practice of forced adoptions on unmarried mothers in Australian society. These two examples show how much the Catholic religion is a part of the fabric of Australian society and also how it is changing in response to the needs and demands of Australian society. 

How has the role of religion changed in Australian society in the last hundred years? 

Consider, too, the impact of the religion on yourself. Try to assess its impact on you in relation to what you believe about life, about yourself, about society, about God and the religious and spiritual dimensions of life. Here are some questions to help you in your reflection. They have been taken from my research: 

  • What do you believe about God?
  • How does your belief in God influence or shape the way you live your life? 
  • What events in your life have led to changes in your relationship with God? 
  • Has your faith grown stronger or weaker in the last twelve months? Why?
  • Who has played a significant part in your faith development?

Week 10

Religion in historical and cultural contexts

  • the impact changes in society have had on aspects of religion, e.g., the practice of cremation, marriage customs ....

This is what it says in the programme, but what we will do will appear to be different. Hopefully, we can turn it in the direction of the statement above. Perhaps we can do this through reflecting on the place of religion in our lives and in the lives of people we know. We commence the week where we left off last week , that is, with the Document Analysis Package. Our whole week will be spent working out way through the steps of the inquiry method and becoming familiar with the process.


Week 11

Contemporary issues for religion 
contemporary challenges facing religion

Term 2

Week 2

Contemporary issues for religion
contemporary issues in society to which religions seek to respond

Week 3

Contemporary issues for religion
response of religion to issues in contemporary society


Week 4

Exam preparation


Week 5

Exam preparation 

This is a short week for the senior students. They will finish on Wednesday, take Thursday as a study day and commence their semester exams on Friday.

Week 6

This is exam week. There will not be any classes for Year 11 students.

Week 7

This is exam week. There will not be any classes for Year 11 students.

Remainder of Term 2