DR8603Y Box Hill

Course: GCTRE, Unit value 16 points        (Min. No. 8)

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This unit examines foundational issues concerning the nature, purpose, context and practice of religious education in the Catholic Christian tradition. The focus is on Catholic schooling in Australia and is informed by church documents, clarification of current terminology used in regard to religious education, and an explanation of the sources of revelation. Participants are introduced to the history of Catholic schooling in Australia and to the work of contemporary theorists of religious education. While emphasising the importance of Catholic identity and the roles of prayer, ritual, liturgy and social justice in the maintenance of that identity, there is also an exploration of the possibilities of enrichment through interfaith dialogue.

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. articulate an understanding of the nuances of meaning in the term “religious education” and of the critical role played by context in the delivery of religious education
2. identify and explain the roles of scripture, tradition and experience in the processes of religious education
3. demonstrate knowledge of the social, political and religious context that gave rise to Catholic schools and of their evolution to the present
4. recognise, explain and assess the possibilities of some contemporary approaches to “religious education”
5. develop and critically evaluate a unit of work in religious education for delivery to a specific group of students
6. identify the roles of prayer, ritual, liturgy and social justice in the maintenance of Catholic identity and the possibilities of enrichment through interfaith dialogue

2000 word essay (50%); a unit of work 2000 words (50%)

Archdiocesan Texts: Melbourne: To Know, Worship and Love: Ballarat: Awakenings.

Benjamin, Anne, and Dan Riley, eds. Catholic Schools: Hope in Uncertain Times. Mulgrave: Garratt Publishing, 2008.

Congregation for Catholic Education. The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium. Boston, MA: Pauline Books and Media, 1998.

D’Orsa, Jim and Therese. A Mission to the Heart of Young People: Catholic Curriculum. Mulgrave: Vaughan Publishing, 2012.

Groome, Thomas H. Christian Religious Education: Sharing Our Vision and Story. Blackburn: Dove Communications, 1980.

———. Will there be Faith? A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples. New York: Harper One, 2011.

Lovat, Terence J. What is This Thing Called Religious Education: A Decade On? Katoomba: Social Science Press, 2002.

Maher, Anthony, and Bob Hanley. Educating Hearts: Seven Characteristics of a Good School. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2013.

Pollefeyt, Didier, and Jan Bouwens. Identity in Dialogue: Assessing and enhancing Catholic school identity. Research methodology and research results in Catholic schools in Victoria, Australia. Zürich: LIT VERLAG GmbH & Co. KG Wien, 2014.

Ryan, Maurice. A Common Search: The History and Forms of Religious Education in Catholic Schools. Hamilton: Lumino Press, 2007.

Lecturer: G.P. (JOE) FLEMING