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2019

 
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Year 8 CARE

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Common Unit

Unit Description - Semester 1

Religion and Spirituality in Art

The unit focusses on examining the relationship between religion, spirituality and art. Students examine a range of artistic expressions and how the beliefs and faith of the artist are communicated through these different media. Students learn to decode the use of symbols, colours, metaphors and images in art, to understand the spiritual message represented by the artwork, while also developing a deeper appreciation of many great works. Term 1 focusses on Christian art to develop an understanding of key Christian beliefs and the significance of important events from Jesus’s life. Students will select an artwork to research in-depth then present their findings and interpretation of this work as their assessment task.

Term 2 focusses on Indigenous Spirituality by developing the students' awareness of the importance of connection to land, as an integral part of the spiritual and social life of Indigenous Australians. Students explore these ideas through a range of media, including Dreaming stories and Indigenous art. They develop a respect for and understanding of the traditional cultural practices of Indigenous Australians and relate some of the key concepts of the unit to their own developing sense of place and connectedness to the world.

Throughout the unit, students explore their own spirituality through a range of meditative and reflective exercises designed to help them connect with the world beyond the physical.

During the semester students have been asked to participate in Community Service, introduced through the idea that community service is a typical response to faith and beliefs which people hold. This activity is linked to the concept that beliefs are then expressed through our actions. Students should complete three hours of community service, some of which we will attempt to provide during CARE class time, but mostly this should be completed outside of class time. Then, students will be asked to reflect on their experience at the end of the semester. Ideally, service to others becomes part of each student's life while at Carey and beyond.

Assessment

  • Art Response Task.
  • Community Service.

Unit Description - Semester 2

What is a Good Life? 

Students explore the ultimate question of what does it mean to live a good life and how can I live a good life. During the course of study students investigate multiple theories regarding what it means to have and live a good life. They examine and evaluate the impact of ancient philosophical theories, psychological theories, religious perspectives, and modern marketing and media campaigns on our perceptions of a good life. Students engage in a range of reflective activities to explore and express their own ideas and beliefs around how to have a meaningful and purposeful life.

Throughout the unit, students explore how others from different religions and faiths express what they believe to be a good life. This includes Eastern and Western religions, and examples from particular individuals. An examination of the theories of Positive Psychology explores the use of strategies and techniques to assist us to live a good life. The unit culminates in a creative response where students can articulate, in their own way, using their strengths, what they have learnt and discovered from this unit.

Throughout the semester, students explore their own spirituality through a range of meditative and reflective exercises designed to help them connect with the world beyond the physical.

During the semester students have been asked to participate in Community Service, introduced through the idea that community service is a typical response to faith and beliefs which people hold. This activity is linked to the concept that beliefs are then expressed through our actions. Students should complete three hours of community service, some of which we will attempt to provide during CARE class time, but mostly this should be completed outside of class time. Then, students will be asked to reflect on their experience at the end of the semester. Ideally, service to others becomes part of each student's life while at Carey and beyond.

Assessment

  • What is a Good Life? Creative Response.
  • Community Service.