The University of Newcastle, Australia

Studies of Religion

Study an Additional Teaching Area in Studies of Religion for Secondary Education at UON

Religion has been an integral component across civilisations and remains integral to the human experience. Developing an understanding of religion’s nature and significance provides a deeper perspective on its influences on human behaviour, cultures and societies1.

When you choose to study an additional teaching area in Studies of Religion within your Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree, you will learn both specialist subject knowledge and accredited skills to teach secondary school students.

Develop specialist subject expertise to inform your teaching practice by studying a variety of courses in religion:

  • Theory, practice, knowledge (broad and critical) and understanding of studies of religion
  • Nature, influence and expression of religion and belief systems in local and global contexts
  • World’s major religions and traditions
  • Historical belief systems, ethics and religions
  • Civics and citizenship concepts

In the teacher education curriculum and pedagogical studies component of your degree you will learn the necessary skills and expertise for teaching and assessing Studies of Religion. You will also explore current and subject-specific industry issues, strategies, tools and resources.

What jobs can you get with an Additional Teaching Area in Studies of Religion for Secondary Education?

When you choose to study religion as an additional teaching area you will learn to teach religion studies to junior and senior high school students. Graduates may find employment in a range of teaching and education roles including:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

Secondary education students often combine their Studies of Religion additional teaching area with related Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) subject areas. Additional teaching areas which pair well with Studies of Religion include Ancient History, English, Geography, Modern History, Society and Culture and Visual Arts.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in learning about religions, belief systems and their role in past and present societies.
  • Goals to inspire and engage high school students with the study of religion.
  • A commitment to designing engaging lesson plans to challenge students to research, analyse and reflect on world religions.

What do you learn in a Studies of Religion Additional Teaching Area?

Study an additional teaching area in religion and you will gain qualifications to teach high school classes in this subject area. You can study courses in various aspects of religion, as well as the junior and senior syllabi:

  • Teaching HSIE: You will study a course stream in the role and value of HSIE courses. Students will learn the syllabi for junior HSIE subjects, with a particular focus on studies of religion. You’ll study modes of assessment, and consider which are most effective in your chosen subject area. Communicating sensitively about belief systems will also be considered in your teaching courses.
  • World Religions: Students will study courses in the principal features of the world’s dominant religions. You’ll learn about the key personalities, events and circumstances which have shaped each religion’s belief system. This will inform your teaching practice by providing you with a solid understanding of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and other systems of belief.
  • The Sociology of Religion: This course will see students consider religion as an agent and instrument of social change. Sociological theory will be applied to systems of belief and students will assess how different religions impacted their world, and our own.

Which degrees include this Additional Teaching Area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study an additional teaching area in Studies of Religion.

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours)


1Studies of Religion, HSIE Learning Area, NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)