Religious Education and Catholic Identity
Through a Pedagogy of Encounter 

crosslisted as CT9016C

Dr Rina Madden
Semester 1, 2020
Monday: 30 March
Tuesday: 31 March
Saturdays: 18 April; 16 May
9.00am – 3.30pm
+ online learning: 12-hours equivalent
This unit engages learners in critically examining their praxis as religious educators in light of the mission of Catholic schools and the theology of Vatican II. Participants will explore and evaluate a variety of perspectives on religious education in relation to curriculum expectations and the cultural and religious context. The unit explores concepts of identity and spirituality as they relate to students and also to teachers’ self- understanding. Teachers will deepen critical awareness of the pedagogical choices they make in Religious Education and the theology underpinning them. Through peer-engaged inquiry, learners use a theologically informed action research approach with a focus on building their capacity to engage student voice in dialogue with the Catholic tradition.

Census Date

Tuesday 21 April 


BS8600C and CT8605C


mixed mode: four days face-to-face (9.30am – 3.30pm); plus online learning: 12-hours equivalent


  • one 1,000-word report 10%
  • one 5,000-word essay 70%
  • one 2,000-word essay 20% 


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