This unit will enable students to learn more about Christianity and Islam as world religions, both in the past and today. It will also show how both religions have brought unity and connection to believers across the world, but also how they can lead to conflict between people. The Crusades will be used as an example of this in the past, before giving students an opportunity to investigate a religious conflict of their choice in the present, to explore how religion can both create conflict, as well as provide the means for solving world conflicts.
STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
"Religions are global belief systems that bring unity and connection but can also lead to diversity and conflict"
Globalisation and Sustainability (Commonality, Diversity, and Interconnection) - Students will explore the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the relationship between local and global processes; how local experiences mediate the global; the opportunities and tensions provided by world interconnectedness; the impact of decision-making on humankind and the environment.
Global Interactions - Global interactions, as a concept, focuses on the connections between individuals and communities, as well as their relationships with built and natural environments, from the perspective of the world as a whole.
For individuals and societies, global interactions focuses on the interdependence of the larger human community, including the many ways that people come into conflict with and cooperate with each other, and live together in a highly interconnected world to share finite resources.
Conflict (History) - Conflict can develop from inequalities in distribution of power and may manifest itself in many forms: protracted disagreements or arguments; prolonged armed struggles; clashes of opposing feelings or needs; serious incompatibilities between two or more opinions, principles, or interests. Historians study conflict between individuals and societies over time and across place and space, and they also examine how conflicts can be sources of continuity and catalysts for change.
Beliefs (PRS) - Religious belief is the belief in the reality of the mythological, supernatural, or spiritual aspects of a religion. Religious belief is distinct from religious practice or religious behaviours with some believers not practicing religion and some practitioners not believing religion. Religious beliefs, being derived from ideas that are exclusive to religion, often relate to the existence, characteristics and worship of a deity or deities, divine intervention in the universe and human life, or explanations for the values and practices centred on the teachings of a spiritual leader or group. In contrast to other belief systems, religious beliefs are usually written down.