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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module enables students to study the way in which children’s spiritual, moral and religious development shapes the experience of religious education. Students will study research in the psychology of religion, children’s spirituality and faith development theory that enrich their understanding of children’s participation in religious education. Students will build on the professional expertise gained in year one to develop a sense of creativity and innovation in their religious education practice. The Role of ICT in religious education practice will be explored. They will explore the Catholic approach to moral education in light of Christian ethics and international research in children’s moral development.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explore research on the psychological and spiritual development of children and how it applies to the Catholic religious education curriculum.
2. Identify distinguishing features and methodologies of the new Grow in Love third and fourth-class programmes.
3. Explore the Catholic approach to moral education and distinguish Catholic moral education from secular ethical approaches.
4. Explore approaches to Catholic moral education from the Christian Morality strand of the religious education curriculum.
5. Construct Progressional schemes of work in Catholic religious education.
6. Explore the use of ICT in primary religious education.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Attendance at weekly lecture
Independent Study100Research and reading for assignment and writing of assignment
Total Workload: 112

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

Partnership and Catholic Religious Education

Hermeneutics and Catholic Religious Education

Introduction to Grow in Love 3rd Class/P5

Introduction to Faith Development Theory

Introduction to Grow in Love 4th Class/P6

Catholic Moral Education I

Catholic Moral Education II

Spirituality of Childhood

Introduction to Grow in Love 5th Class/P7

Introduction to Grow in Love 6th Class/P8

Progressional Schemes for School Placement

RE and ICT

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Anne Hession: 2015, Catholic Primary Religious Education in a Pluralist Context, Veritas Publications, Dublin, 9781847305
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