Introduction to Religious Education

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Religious Education

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Education, Religion

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module introduces students to the discipline of religious education as the critical encounter between religion and education as well as a faith development activity. The module will provide a historical overview of the development of religious education theory and practice with particular reference to the Christian tradition. Students will consider the challenges for religious education today and draw on the perspective of selected theorists to identify an inclusive, student-centred and holistic rationale for the inclusion of religious education in schools on educational grounds.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of current challenges for religious education today and how these pertain to the teaching of religious education in second level schools.
    2. Offer a rationale for the inclusion of religious education in schools on educational grounds.
    3. Evaluate the contribution of selected practitioners in the early tradition of catechesis: John Chrysostom, Cyril of Jerusalem, Augustine, Luther, the Catechism tradition.
    4. Evaluate key 20th century developments in religious education.
    5. Display a degree of independence of thought; together with an awareness of, and appreciation for, the independent thoughts and needs of others.
    6. Express a coherent, person-centered philosophy of life in the classroom and beyond, reflecting a generous respect for young people from a variety of social, economic, cultural and religious backgrounds.