Learners are immersed in a global world and are likely to encounter diverse cultures, religions and belief systems. The beliefs, values and ideas of religious traditions have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to the development of human societies and cultures. Religious belief systems articulate responses to questions relating to human nature, identity and purpose, and urge believers to embrace the imperative to live ethical lives. In essence, religions provide a frame of reference for understanding the world and for guiding personal and communal action.
In a world where global travel and work is a real possibility, learners will gain knowledge and understanding of how religious traditions affect cultural values and practices, social, political and economic institutions, as well as an understanding of how religious traditions find expression in the arts, theatre, cinema, media, and literature. The perspective of lived faith is also examined. In this way, learners will identify and understand the worldviews of followers of religious traditions.
The study of Religion in Society provides an avenue for learners to develop an appreciation of the way that religion influences our lives as members of a particular society and provides them with the skills to be informed and critical thinking members of their society. It values and promotes open inquiry and respect for all religious traditions and draws on personal and collective stories and experiences as examples of authentic and lived religion.
In studying Religion in Society, learners develop:
- empathy for others
- investigating, critiquing and communicating skills
- understanding of aspects of religion in society
- problem solving abilities in order to make evidence-based decisions about aspects of religion in society.