Religion is an integral part of human experience and a component of every culture. In Australia today, an appreciation of the multicultural nature of society is limited without an adequate understanding of religion, its influence on human behaviour and interactions within a culture.
Studies of Religion explore the diversity of religious expression and experience and can provide students with the opportunity to increase their awareness and appreciation of and respect for the cultural diversity of Australian society.
There is a variety of valid ways of undertaking the study of religion. Any one approach to the study of religion has strengths and limitations; to this end, aspects of the phenomenological, theological, typological, historical and sociological approaches to the study of religion are employed.
Studies of Religion is designed for students in all schools. It does not seek to establish one religious tradition to the exclusion of all others. Thus, it is not possible to complete the course through the study of one religious tradition only.
A syllabus is a document that gives teachers an outline of what students are to be taught in a specific learning area.
The syllabus and other supporting material for Studies of Religion 11-12 are available from the Board of Studies.