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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title RE: Theories and Approaches
Module Code ED3302
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 invites students to explore approaches to religious education by considering fundamental principles such as inclusivity and global citizenship, and issues associated with the field: the variety of contexts; different models of religious education; key religious education theorists and key approaches to religious education. With recourse to creativity, imagination and reflective practice, the module encourages students to develop their own approach to RE.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of theories and models associated with Religious Education.
2. Explore international perspectives on and approaches to Religious Education
3. Engage in guided research and reading in the field of Religious Education and exhibit an ability to analyse and evaluate the contribution of various authors.
4. Display creativity, imagination and reflective practice in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of Religious Education.
5. Show a degree of independence of thought with an awareness of and appreciation for the independent thoughts and needs of others.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Two lectures a week for eleven weeks
Seminars11One seminar per week for eleven weeks
Independent Study67Research, reading and online activity
Assignment Completion25Preparation and completion of assignments
Total Workload: 125

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

Overview the role and place of Religious Education in 21st Century

Analyse and evaluate a variety of models and approaches to Religious Education

Analyse and evaluate European perspectives on Religious Education

Locate the debate about the nature of RE in Irish schools within a wider European discussion

Consider the application of learning from this module to the Irish context, especially SCRE

Apply what has been learned to an understanding of the role of the religious educator

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentKnowledge, understanding and application of a key approach to Religious Education50%n/a
EssayCritical 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, Gareth and Leslie Francis: 2019, Religion and Education: The Voices of Young People in Ireland,
  • Council of Europe,: 2014, Signposts - Policy and practice for teaching about religions and non-religious world views in intercultural education,
  • European Wergeland Centre,: 2020, Signposts: Teacher training module,
  • Irish Episcopal Conference: 2010, Share the Good News: National Directory for Catechesis,
  • National Council for Curriculum and Assessment,: 2017, Background Paper and Brief for the Review of Junior Cycle Religious Education,
  • OSCE/ODIHR Toledo Guiding Principles On Teaching About Religions And Beliefs In Public Schools (2007) https://www.osce.org/odihr/29154?download=true: 2007, Toledo Guiding Principles On Teaching About Religions And Beliefs In Public Schools,
Other Resources

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