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Religious Studies: Unit 1 - Area of Study 1: The Religious World


Please contact your teacher for the powerpoint of the 8 Aspects if you do not have the notes. 

Study Design Outcomes

Key Knowledge

  • The nature and purpose of religion, past and present.
  • Features common to religions, including the eight aspects of religion:
    • beliefs
    • myths and other stories
    • sacred texts and other religious writings (such as formal creeds)
    • rituals
    • symbols
    • social structures
    • ethical principles and oral or written codes of behaviour
    • religious experience and spirituality (characteristic ways of thinking and behaving in the light of beliefs)
  • The importance of the eight aspects of religion in the context of the specific tradition/s
  • The contributions, both positive and negative, of religion in general to the development of human society
  • The characteristics of at least two religious traditions.

Key Skills

  • Identify and describe the nature and purpose of religion
  • Identify and define the eight aspects of religion
  • Explain the importance of these aspects to religion
  • Explain the contribution of religion to the development of human society
  • Interpret and synthesise source material.

Study Design

World Religions

There are two boxes of Library books (16 & 14) for world religions available in the Library. There are many useful resources in each. Please ask Library staff to access the boxes. 

If you need any assistance please speak to the Library staff. 

BBC World Religions

Around the World in 80 Faiths - Australasia and the Pacific Ring of Fire

Around the World in 80 Faiths - The Far East

Around the World in 80 Faiths - Africa

Around the World in 80 Faiths - The Middle East

Around the World in 80 Faiths - USA

Around the World in 80 Faiths - India

Around the World in 80 Faiths - Latin America

Around the World in 80 Faiths - Europe

Indigenous Religions

The Nature and Purpose of Religion

Generation Y: Y God? (SBS, 2008)
The first episode in an SBS funded six part series on generation Y and their thoughts on ‘the big issues’.
Y God focuses on relgious beliefs and practices in young Australians born between 1980 and 1995.

On Religion by John Green (YA Author)

On Religion (Part 2) by John Green 

- What are some of the messages that John Green is trying to comunicate about religion? 

Ancient Roman Religion (10 mins)

The Prophet: On Religion by K Gibran 


How Religions Impact Society

Below are organisations that operate under the umbrella of a religion. 


 Catholic Earth Care  Indigenous Australians   Caring for Country  Jewish Ecological   Coalition
 Document: Peace with God: Peace with all of Creation  Buddhist “Earth Sangha”  The    
 Green Muslims  Earth  Mercy Eco
 ARC  Evangelical Environmental Network  Green Faith



 Mercy Institute of Australia and PNG – Advocacy  Eureka Street  Australian Christian Lobby
 Jesuit Refugee Services:  Advocacy  Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project  Mercy International – Chair on the United Nations table.



Hindu Mission hospital Catholic / Methodist / Anglican Prison chaplains Caritas – Aid overseas
St John of God / St. Vincents Hospital Retreat Centres Centacare
Buddhist Meditation Centres   Anglicare



CCB and other schools Methodist Ladies College Catherine McCauley
St Mary’s College – Melbourne University (Accommodation services) Anglican Geelong Grammar Loreto Sisters
Marcellin Champagnat (the person’s story) Mt Scopus College Melbourne



St Vincent de Paul Refugees and Migrant Settlement Institute of Sisters of Mercy Australia and PNG
Catholic Prison Chaplains  Aleph Institute - Jewish Prison Chaplains Catholic Care / Centacare
Lutheran Church of Australia Aged Care Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged Islamic Relief World Wide
Catholic Super     

Contributions of Religion to Society

This is an excellent reference book in the Library that conatins indepth information on the following impacts that religions have had on Australian society: 

  • Social Role of Religion
  • Religion, Immigration and Refugees
  • Religious Schools 
  • Religious Welfare