This unit provides a foundation for offering religious education in schools, parishes and community settings. You will consider your role as a teacher and facilitator of learning, the dialogue between theology and education in various ministry settings, and the distinct language of each discipline. Drawing on principles of curriculum planning and current documentation, you will plan a unit of work or a study activity for a small group, reflecting an understanding of the purpose of religious education in different contexts. You will incorporate an understanding of effective pedagogy informed by current literature.

Unit code: DE8101P

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Education Studies

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify a range of contexts in which religious education might occur and identify the purpose of religious education in these contexts.


Apply theological understanding to the development of religious education programs.


Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between religious education, theological perspectives and diverse learning contexts.


Develop a unit of work or group study project which reflects an informed understanding of curriculum and pedagogy.


Effectively facilitate learning for diverse learners, demonstrating an understanding of audience and purpose.


Articulate evidence based strategies to evaluate learning


Grounded in critical analysis and collaborative learning, small group and whole class discussion and activities and direct teaching will be employed as teaching and learning strategies.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Astley, Jeff, and Leslie J Francis .Eds. Critical Perspectives on Christian Education: A Reader on the Aims, Principles and Philosophy of Christian Education. Leominster: Gracewing Fowler Wright, 1994.
  • Astley, Jeff and Leslie J. Francis. Eds. Christian Theology and Religious Education: Connections and Contradictions. London: SPCK, 1996.
  • Barnes, L. Philip. ed. Debates in Religious Education. Abingdon, Oxon,: Routledge, 2012.
  • Barnes, L. Philip. Education, Religion and Diversity: Developing a New Model of Religious Education. London: Routledge, 2014.
  • Conroy, James. Does Religious Education Work? A Multi-dimensional Investigation. London, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.
  • De Souza, Marian. Spirituality in Education in a Global, Pluralised World: Abingdon, Oxon, New York, NY: Routledge, 2016.
  • De Souza, Marian, and Anna Halafoff. Eds. Re-enchanting Education and Spiritual Wellbeing: Fostering Belonging and Meaning-making for Global Citizens. Abingdon, Eng.: Routledge, 2017.
  • Erricker, Jane, Cathy Ota, and Clive Erricker. Eds. Spiritual Education: Cultural, Religious, and Social Differences: New Perspectives for the 21st Century. Brighton, Eng.; Portland, Or. : Sussex Academic Press, 2001.
  • Pollefeyt, Didier. ed. Interreligious Learning. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2007.
  • Seligman, Adam B. ed. Religious Education and the Challenge of Pluralism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Literature Survey - Literature Review 2000 25.0
Community Project - Unit of work or study activity for a small group 6000 75.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 12 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-12 16:13:15 +1100