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Religion and Society Unit 4


Religion and Society Unit 3.

Course Description

This unit focusses on internal and external developments which challenge significant beliefs of the selected tradition/s and which may produce enduring historical or social consequences for the tradition/s, or for their social milieu. Students explore historical problems of religious traditions and analyse decisive occasions of religious challenge and response. They also consider the implications of religious belief for action on behalf of social justice and for assessment of new problems arising from social and technological change.

Areas of Study

This study is designed to enable students to:

  • investigate internal and external challenges to religious traditions within an historical framework;
  • assess the ways in which the response of tradition/s to challenge has helped to form religious communities and affected their core beliefs;
  • examine the impact on the relationship of the religious community to the wider society and to other religious communities;
  • examine the distinctive insights that religious traditions may bring to debates on major social and moral issues;
  • analyse the way some specific issues have been confronted by religious communities.


Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)

Analyse how one or more religious tradition/s responded to a significant internal or external challenge, and evaluate the outcome for the tradition/s.

Three different tasks, selected by the teacher from the following:
  • Structured questions.
  • Test.
  • Essay.
  • Extended responses.
  • Analytical exercises.
  • A short report.

Analyse the interplay between religious beliefs and the vision of each tradition for society, and the way one or more specific issues are confronted in attempting to implement the vision.

Total Marks 100

Overall Final Assessment

Graded Assessment Title Assessment Exam Duration Contribution to Study Score (%)
1 Unit 3 Coursework School-assessed   25
2 Unit 4 Coursework School-assessed   25
3 Written Examination November 2 hours 50


Reproduced by permission of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: