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This guide is a support for students studying the religions of Catholicism, Islam and Judaism.
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Syllabus - Religious Tradition Depth Study - Outcomes

Religious Tradition Studies

This syllabus considers the five major religious traditions to be Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

The purpose of this section is to develop a comprehensive view of religious traditions as living religious systems that link directly with the life of adherents. Elements raised in the Nature of Religion and Beliefs are covered in greater depth in the study of a religious
tradition. In a Religious Tradition Study, the particular focus is on the ways in which a religious tradition, as an integrated belief system, provides a distinctive answer to the enduring questions of human existence.

The study of a particular religious tradition enables students to demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of expression within, and the underlying unity of the whole religious tradition. This study is essential preparation for the Religious Tradition Depth Studies in the HSC course.


A student:

P3 investigates religious traditions and belief systems
P4 examines significant aspects of religious traditions
P5 describes the influence of religious traditions in the life of adherents
P6 selects and uses relevant information about religion from a variety of sources
P7 undertakes effective research about religion, making appropriate use of time and
P8 uses appropriate terminology related to religion and belief systems
P9 effectively communicates information, ideas and issues using appropriate written,
oral and graphic forms.




A Guide to the Dewey Numbers for subjects in this course

If you want to find books in our library, these numbers will help you

locate books quickly:

  • 70 Ethics
  • 180 Ancient and medieval philosophy
  • 190 Modern western philosophy
  • 200 Religion - general, religious ethics 
  • 210 Philosophy and theory of religion
  • 220 Bible
  • 230 Christinaity and Christian theology  
  • 240 Christian  moral and devotional theology  
  • 250 Christian orders and lcoal church pastoral work 
  • 260 Social and ecclesiastical theology
  • 270 History of christianity
  • 280 Christian denominations and sects 
  • 282 Catholic church 
  • 296 Judaism
  • 297 Islam


Databases for Religions

Here are a list of websites that should be useful for all of the religions you will study:

             The site identifies itself as "A database of web resources to accompany 'Exploring World Religions: The Canadian Perspective'."


Show the World

Show World: Morphing Country Sizes by Religions
This mapping sites demonstrates the density of religions across regions of the world.
Select People from the top menu then choose the individual religion to view its spread across countries.

Search Google Scholar

How to Organise Your Research


Introduction to the Five Significant Religions in the World


A Quick History of Religion


Religion and Non-Religion


Religion in Australia - 1945 - present


Past Trial and HSC Questions


Religion and Peace - Christianity and Islam


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