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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Learning and Teaching RE
Module Code ED2302
School 76
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Amalee Meehan
Semester 2: Amalee Meehan
Autumn: Amalee Meehan
Module TeachersAmalee Meehan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module investigates the development, structure, implementation and implications of Religious Education at Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle in Ireland today.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of current issues in religious education in Ireland today.
2. Investigate second-level RE specifications, syllabi and curriculum frameworks and their application in the RE classroom
3. Reflect critically on the professional teaching of religious education at Junior and Senior Cycle levels.
4. Prepare religious education resources in accordance with relevant syllabi, specifications and curriculum frameworks.
5. Begin to express a coherent religious education philosophy, reflecting a generous respect for young people from a variety of social, economic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22One lecture each week for twenty two weeks
Seminars22Digital seminars and presentations
Online activity16Work on LOOP
Independent Study60Research, reading and preparation for assignments
Total Workload: 120

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Analyse the rationale underpinning second-level Religious Education in Ireland

Review the creative impact on Religious Education of the new Framework for Junior Cycle (2015)

Explore the specification for Junior Cycle Religious Education and its application

Consider the teaching of religious education in a range of school settings

Overview the Leaving Certificate Religious Education Syllabus and the Curriculum Framework for Senior Cycle

Become familiar with guidelines supporting the teaching and learning of RE

Prepare for teaching Religious Education during 2nd, 3rd and 4th Year Teaching Practice

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Digital ProjectCreation and presentation of digital resource to support the teaching and learning of second level RE50%n/a
AssignmentCritical reflection on themes/content of the module50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Byrne, G. and P. Kieran (eds),: 2013, Toward Mutual Ground: Pluralism, Religious Education and Diversity in Irish School, Columba, Dublin,
  • Catholic Schools Partnership: 2014, Catholic Education at Second­Level in the Republic of Ireland: Looking to the Future, Veritas, Dublin,
  • Council for Catechetics of the Irish Episcopal Conference: 2019, Junior Cycle Religious Education in the Catholic School, Veritas, Dublin,
  • Department of Education and Science: 2003, Leaving Certificate Religious Education Syllabus, Dublin,
  • Department of Education and Science: 2005, Religious Education, Leaving Certificate: Guidelines for Teachers, Government Publications, Dublin,
Other Resources

49723, Website, ETBI, 2022, ETB: Ethos and Core Values, https://www.etbi.ie/etb-schools-ethos/#:~:text=ETB%20Ethos%20and%20Core%20Values,%2C%20equality%2C%20community%20and%20respect.,
Programme or List of Programmes
BREBachelor of Religious Education &English
BRHBachelor of Religious Education &History
BRMBachelor of Religious Education & Music

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