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Investigating Religion


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Drawing on an inquiry model of learning, Investigating Religion offers a wide variety of learning opportunities that encourage students to apply five key steps of inquiry - framing, investigating, reasoning, judging and reflecting - to the issues and phenomena encountered in the course.

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PDF Textbook chapters

  • Preliminary pages

  • Chapter 1: Religion-state relationships

  • Chapter 2: Ritual

  • Chapter 3: Sacred texts

  • Chapter 4: Ultimate questions

  • Chapter 5: Religion, values and ethics

  • Chapter 6: School-based topic - religion and human rights

  • Chapter 7: Australian religious perspectives [Part 1]

  • Chapter 7: Australian religious perspectives [Part 2]

  • Chapter 7: Australian religious perspectives [Part 3]

  • Chapter 8: Hinduism

  • Chapter 9: Judaism

  • Chapter 10: Buddhism [Part 1]

  • Chapter 10: Buddhism [Part 2]

  • Chapter 11: Christianity

  • Chapter 12: Islam [Part 1]

  • Chapter 12: Islam [Part 2]

  • Chapter 13: The nature and significance of religion

  • Glossary, References and Index

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    Chapters 5 - 9 [Word docs, zipped 53Mb]

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    Additional material - Chapters 1-3

    Additional material - Chapters 4-6

    Answers - Chapter 1

    Answers - Chapter 2

    Answers - Chapter 3

    Answers - Chapter 4

    Answers - Chapter 5

    Answers - Chapter 6

    Answers - Chapter 7

    Answers - Chapter 8

    Answers - Chapter 9

    Answers - Chapter 10

    Ethnographic planning guide


    Web resources



    Writing - PowerPoints


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    Enuma Elish:

    Full translation of Enuma Elish

    Activity 1.3:

    Office for Social Justice St Paul and Minneapolis

    Activity 5.4:

    Online Etymology Dictionary

    Activity 6.4:

    Activity 7.2:

    Activity 8.8:

    BBC Religion and Ethics site

    Activity 11.4:

    Activity 11.9:

    Activity 12.7:

    Daily prayer times: Guided Ways
    Daily prayer times: Islamic Finder
    Daily prayer times: Islamic City

    Activity 12.9:

    The Hajj - Ummah
    The Hajj - Hajj information
    The Hajj - Islamweb
    The Hajj - Islam Online

    Activity 2.18:

    Buddhist organisations and temples in Australia

    Activity 4.10:

    Activity 6.11:

    Activity 7.17:

    Activity 7.25:

    Lutheran Church of Australia

    Activity 7.28:

    Hillsong Church

    Activity 7.30:

    Australian memories of the Holocaust

    Activity 7.41:

    Australian Bureau of Statistics

    Activity 8.10:

    Activity 8.14:

    Activity 8.21:

    Gujarati Association events

    Activity 8.23:

    Activity 9.11:

    Activity 9.12:

    Activity 10.20:

    Activity 10.21:

    Activity 10.22:

    Activity 11.20:

    Christian bookstore - Word
    Christian bookstore - Koorong
    Christian bookstore - St Pauls

    The Golden Bough:

    Full text of The Golden Bough

    Activities 6.20 and 6.22:

    Apology to the Stolen Generation:

    Full text of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generation

    UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

    Full text of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights


    Peta Goldburg, Patricia Blundell, Trevor Jordan