Studies of Religion II

2 unit course

Course Summary

Religion is an integral part of the human experience and a component of every culture. The Studies of Religion course:

  • Investigates the significance of the role of religion in society.
  • Enables people who live in a multi-faith and multicultural society to progress from a broad understanding of religious traditions to specific studies within these traditions.
  • Provides a focus on religious expression in Australia and also investigates religion’s place within the global community.

This second unit complements the Studies of Religion I course. If you choose to do it as well, you will get to study more religions and have the chance to consolidate your skills even further. While Studies of Religion I can be chosen on its own, Studies of Religion II is different: it can only be taken by students taking the one unit course. 

Assessment details:

  • Year 11: There are three assessment tasks in the Preliminary course. For the first one, you will research the religion of your choice and present your findings in a video. For the second one, you will complete a short answer test. For the third one, you will do a final exam.
  • Year 12: There are three assessment tasks and a trial exam. 

We'd love you to join this class! We will highly value your perspectives, opinions, and personality. We hope we have the opportunity to work with you and get to know you more!

We think that choosing to do both Unit 1& Unit 2 side by side will help you get even more out of this class. It's a great option! Doing both helps you understand more religions and cultures. We also notice that it helps students strengthen their own perspectives and values even more. All of the skills from SOR I are transferable to SOR II and vice versa, so it is a great way to maximise your effort.

What, if any, skills are needed?

There are no prerequisites for this subject. All of the skills taught and learnt in this subject are the same as those used in other HSIE subjects and English.

Course Units
Year 11 Units Year 12 Units
Religions of Ancient Origin: Shinto (Japan) and Inca (South America)
Islam - Aisha, Hajj and sexual ethics
Islam: Who are Muslims? What are their core beliefs and how do they live?
Religion and Peace
Religion in Australia pre-1945
Religion and Non-Religion
Learning Experiences

We go on an excursion to Sydney, visiting places of worship tied to different world religions. 

  • Picture eating authentic Turkish delight at a Muslim mosque.
  • Seeing the ornate gold objects inside a Jewish synagogue.
  • Admiring the changing light of stained glass windows in a Christian Cathedral.
Career Options

This subject will support you with:

  • Understanding different cultures and worldviews (so important in our world today).
  • Exploring and building your own view of the world.
  • Developing your personal answers to the following questions: Who am I? Is there a higher power? Why is there evil, pain, and suffering? Is there life after death?
  • Developing your higher-order thinking skills.
  • Communication development.
  • Understanding different people and their motivations.


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