Unit 1: The role of religion in society

In this unit students explore the origins of religion and its role in the development of society, identifying the nature and purpose of religion over time. They investigate the contribution of religion generally to the development of human society.  They also focus on the role of religious traditions over time in shaping personal and group identity. Students examine how individuals, groups and new ideas have affected and continue to affect religious traditions. The unit provides an opportunity for students to understand the often complex relationships that exist between individuals, groups, new ideas and religious traditions broadly and in the Australian society in which they live.

Areas of Study:

  1. The nature and purpose of religion

  2. Religion through the ages

  3. Religion in Australia

At Clonard College, this unit is compulsory for all Year 11 students unless they have chosen to complete Unit 2 Texts and Traditions

Unit 2: Religion and Ethics

In this unit students study in detail various methods of ethical decision-making in at least two religious traditions and their related philosophical traditions. They explore ethical issues in societies where multiple worldviews coexist, in the light of these investigations.

Areas of Study:

  1. Ethical decision-making and moral judgment

  2. Religion and ethics

  3. Ethical issues in society

At Clonard College, this unit is compulsory for all Year 12 students unless they have chosen to complete Unit 3 and 4 Texts and Traditions