This unit focuses on the theological and professional principles underlying both the nature and process of religious education, emphasising the rationale, content, context, and methodologies of the discipline. Through a process of lectures, directed readings, and personal research, and with special emphasis on T. H. Grooome’s “Shared Praxis” model, students are invited to examine and critique the social, cultural and theological presupositions underlying their understanding and experience of religious education, and outline a specific project in line with their educative and pastoral activity.

Unit Code: DR1000C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Religious Education

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a basic understanding of the theological and educational principles underlying the nature and the processes of religious education.


Identify the specific nature of faith education as a ministry in the Church.


Examine and critique the social, ecclesial, cultural, philosophical, and theological presuppositions underlying religious education.


Highlighting Thomas H. Groome’s “Shared Praxis” approach, compare and critique different models of religious education.


Compare and contrast various educational models applicable to their experience of ministry.


Religious education is a process of growth integrating life and faith through personal and communal experience. Students engage in formal lectures, presentations, dialogical and interactive learning through sharing and questioning practical experiences and case studies, providing opportunities for collaborative learning through critical discussion of directed articles and recommended authors.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1,000-word Portfolio

1000 20.0
Written Examination

1 hour Written Examination

0 30.0

2,000-word Essay

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 7 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-25 13:30:42 +1000