SESSION 7C, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - 1 - Democratic Citizenship and Religious Education



Basic Topics
  1. Teaching religions and worldviews (Rec12 of CoE) and democracy
  2. Religious resources related to RFCDC

The Objectives of this session are:

  • To enable students to recognise opportunities for implementation of EDC/HRE pedagogies in Religious Education.
  • To offer students an overview and support them in developing a critical understanding of potential challenges in the implementation of EDC/HRE in Religious Education.
Learning outcomes
  1. To recognise the basic principles of teaching religions and worldviews and Democratic Citizenship in primary and secondary schools
  2.  To appreciate the value of using religious topics derived from the Abrahamic religions (RE) to teach Democratic Citizenship
Outcomes and CDC
  • Knowledge and critical understanding:
    • Knowledge and critical understanding of politics, law and human rights
      • 2002 -  Can describe the obligations of states in relation to human rights (basic / intermediate)

      • 2011 - Can reflect critically on human rights as a values framework and its close relationship with other moral, ethical and religious value frameworks (intermediate / advanced)

    • Knowledge and critical understanding of culture, cultures, religions
      • 2018 - Can describe several different cultures, especially the values, customs and practices which are common in those cultures (basic)
      • 2024 - Can reflect critically on the role of religions and nonreligious convictions in society and public life (intermediate)
      • 2032 - Identifies the key texts and key doctrines of particular religious traditions (intermediate / advanced)
    • Knowledge and critical understanding of history, media, economies, environment and sustainability
      • 2053 - Can reflect critically on how the concept of citizenship has evolved in different ways in different cultures over time (advanced)
  • Values
    • Valuing cultural diversity
      • 204 - Expresses the view that the cultural diversity within a society should be positively valued and appreciated (basic)
  • Attitudes
    • Openness to cultural otherness
      • 401 - Shows interest in learning about people’s beliefs, values, traditions and world views (basic)
    • Respect
      • 503 - Expresses respect for different opinions, world views and ways of life unless they violate human rights (basic)
  • Skills
    • Autonomous learning skills
      • 1001 - Shows ability to identify resources for learning (e.g. people, books, internet) (basic)
      • 1003 - Accomplishes learning tasks independently (basic / intermediate)
      • 1006 - Can identify relevant sources of information to accomplish a learning task (basic / intermediate)
    • Analytical and critical thinking skills
      • 1105 - Can draw conclusions from an analysis of information (basic)
      • 1122 - Can analyse different points of view, products, or practices found in other cultures (intermediate)


A series of resources that the student teacher must study in this session and a series of additional resources for further study.

A full paper and additional e-lessons on the topics of the session and additional interactive presentation of the materials, for the student teachers to study all the materials in a row.

A series of authentic, up to date and relevant activities with their accompanying materials, which deliver the intended learning outcomes of the session and are carried out face to face or E-learning with groups of student teachers.

Several types of questions to evaluate how much the student teachers have learned throughout the session (reading material, learning material and workshop).