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Subject: Proposed Changes to Studies of Religion: Comments invited

From: mike.jenkins@tqa.tas.gov.au

Date: May 14, 2012



At it meeting on 4 April 2012 the Authority decided to:
1) accredit a TQA level 3 course in Philosophy for use from 2013
2) increase the coherence of the Studies of Religion course by removing (as from 2013) philosophy elements that are not clearly related to the philosophy of religion.

In the period 17 - 27 April 2012 the TQA invited comments on a proposal to delete Unit 9, 10 and 11 from the course.

Comments and input told us that:
a) Unit 9 (Non-religious World Views) and Unit 10 (Contemporary Atheism) could be deleted: they might be studied as aspects of Unit 7 or added to the Philosophy course (the TQA could consider an amendment to the Philosophy course to include such topics)

b) Unit 11 (How do we know what is right?) is fundamental to the Studies of Religion course, but the current wording of the unit implies (rather than specifically states) its connection to religious traditions. This may be the result of the historical context in which it was written (to allow options for students interested in philosophy).

We noted that Unit 11 was answered by more than 75% of candidates on the 2012 examination.

In light of this it is proposed that for 2013+:
1) Units 9 and 10 be deleted from the course
2) Unit 11 be moved from Section B to Section A (and thus become compulsory). The unit would be re-worded to place emphasis on the religious dimension of the study undertaken.
3) Section B would have one (only) option.

This proposal:
1) responds to the Authority's decision that philosophy elements that are not clearly related to the philosophy of religion be removed from the course
2) positively responds to what we were told about the significance of Unit 11 to the course and our data about the numbers studying it (ie making it a core study)
3) increases the coherence of the whole course by limiting optional studies.

Your comments on this proposal are invited. Please email me your comments by Friday 25 May 2012.




Dr Mike Jenkins Liaison and Development Officer TQA
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