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Course - Studies of Religion I and II

Studies of Religion I and II promotes an understanding and critical awareness of the nature and significance of religion and the influence of belief systems and religious traditions on individuals and within society.

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FAQ

Why choose Studies of Religion?

Studies of Religion is traditionally a popular subject at Covenant and is for you if…

  • You want to learn more about the lives, practices and beliefs of people who follow other religions 
  • You want to know about the origins of Judaism, Islam and Christianity and modern beliefs
  • You want to understand the religious landscape of Australia
How many units is Studies of Religion?

You can choose either 1 or 2 units of study.  This is a good option to consider if you need a one unit course that is not an extension subject.

Year 11 is the Preliminary course and Year 12 is the HSC course.

You can drop down to 1 unit for the HSC course but 2 unit relies on Preliminary content.

What will we study?

Content of SOR I (2 lessons per week)

  • What is religion? 
  • Judaism
  • Christianity (including different variants)
  • Religion in Australia after 1945

Content of SOR II (4 lessons per week)

  • What is religion? 
  • Judaism
  • Christianity (including different denominations)
  • Islam 
  • Ancient religions such as the Aztec and Celtic religions 
  • Religion in Australia before and after 1945
  • Non-religious and modern worldviews

How does this relate to life after school?

This subject teaches important academic skills, as well as giving you a well-rounded understanding of religion in our world today through course work and discussion. Furthermore, this subject prepares you to meet and interact with people of various backgrounds and belief systems after school.

Studies of Religion develops useful skills such as: 

  • investigation & research 
  • analysis of sources 
  • understanding other perspectives 
  • essay writing and communication 

The skills and knowledge taught in Studies of Religion are relevant to the following learning pathways: 

  • Christian ministry 
  • Ethics & philosophy 
  • History (modern and ancient) 
  • Politics & law
  • International studies
What are the assessment requirements?

SOR I (2 lessons per week)

Year 11: two assessments

  1. Research report 
  2. Yearly exam 

Year 12: three assessments 

  1. Research report
  2. Essay 
  3. Trial (Yearly) Exam

SOR 2 (4 lessons per week)

Year 11: three assessments

  1. Research report 
  2. Essay
  3. Yearly exam 

Year 12: four assessments 

  1. Research report
  2. Essay x 2
  3. Trial (Yearly) Exam

If you have further questions, please contact:
HSIE Coordinator - Mr Anthony Pollard
apollard@covenant.nsw.edu.au