Religion through the ages
In this area of study students investigate how society and religion influence each other, and the roles of religion in society. They consider the factors that influence these roles and the effect that developments in society might have on religion.
Spirituality and religion have been an integral part of the development of human societies as cultural knowledge and understanding is passed from generation to generation through a process of socialisation. As people spread across the globe they encountered and exchanged religious and cultural ideas. Over time, religious traditions have encountered challenging philosophical and spiritual movements, political regimes, legal structures, scientific ideas, colonisation, national myths, globalisation, secularisation, technological developments and historical events. These encounters have led to religious traditions taking various roles to initiate, endorse, modify or resist the spread of ideas and movements in society.
At times in history some religious traditions have lost the authority and power to explain crises for their society and have been abandoned; other religious traditions have adapted and been resilient or were re-established in a different form. Some religious traditions have been able to adopt and adapt beliefs, ideas and practices from other religious traditions while retaining their distinctiveness. [source]
U1 AOS2: Key knowledge
U1 AOS2: Key skills