The universe is an awe-inspiring place. It's size, grandeur, and complexity defy comprehension and inspire us to seek to understand it. Big questions such as who created the universe, and, why are we here, have troubled mankind for millennia. Our own identities and the way we see the world are based on our answers to these profound questions. The purpose of this unit is to therefore examine how human societies have attempted to answer these questions in the past and what truths these provide us in the present. Attempts by science to unravel the mysteries of the universe will also be examined, finishing with an assessment that asks students.to reflect upon their own beliefs about the origins of the universe and earth.
STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
"Beliefs about creation shape our identities which can change over time"
Personal and Cultural Expression - Students will explore the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
Change - is a conversion, transformation, or movement from one form, state or value to another. Inquiry into the concept of change involves understanding and evaluating causes, processes and consequences. For this unit, the concept of change allows examination of the forces that shape the Universe, Earth and Life: past, present and future. We also explore how ideas have changed over time and what the causes and effects of this have been, whether intentional or unintentional.
Identity - In this unit we will explore the way in which our identities are connected to our environments, and how our beliefs and ideas about ultimate questions such as creation shape the way we view ourselves and the world. We also consider how our identities can change over time due to new discoveries, exchanges, and interactions within and between other cultures.