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Spiritualities, Religion, and Meaning Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 1.0
Accredited in June 2021 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2022.  Editorial changes may be made during the implementation process.
Stage 1 Religion Studies will be taught for the last time in 2022.

Stage 1 | Subject outline | Content


For a 10‑credit subject, students study one or two big ideas.

For a 20‑credit subject, students study two or three big ideas.

Students explore key beliefs, values, and practices of one or more spiritualities or religions. They engage with big ideas individually and in collaboration with others, through imaginative exploration, research, dialogue, open questioning, and empathic listening.

The following six big ideas frame learning in this subject by provoking thought and inviting inquiry into spiritual and/or religious perspectives in context. Each big idea is briefly characterised below, and accompanied by example questions which are not exhaustive. 

Big ideas

  1. Growth, belonging, and flourishing
  2. Community, justice, and diversity
  3. Story, visions, and futures
  4. Spiritualities, religions, and ultimate questions
  5. Life, the universe, and integral ecology
  6. Evil and suffering.