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Board promises to fix problem with the Studies of Religion exam . SEE the question HERE

Posted in Non Muslims, Politics, Society by muslimwire on October 26, 2009

Maralyn Parker

Today president of the NSW Board of Studies, Tom Alegounarias, told me he promises any problem with the HSC Studies of Religion paper will be found and fixed. He said responses to the controversial section 3 and the clarity of the syllabus are being investigated immediately. Scroll down to see section 3 questions.

“If there is a problem with lack of clarity in the syllabus or if students have been disadvantaged by the question we will fix it, “ Alegounarias said.

A group of independent educators who are experts at assessment are currently looking at the responses to Section 3 to uncover any pattern that may emerge. This is separate to the usual HSC marking process.

As well, the Board is looking at the Studies of Religion syllabus to decide whether there is a problem with the way it is written.

Alegounarias said, “So far there does not seem to be as significant a problem as it seems.” He claimed there were fewer complaints directly to the BOS than appears from the “cyber activity” over the controversy. Also he pointed out many students said they had no problem with the question.

But Alegounarias said the investigation will continue and it will be thorough. He said as well as the work by the assessment experts he is personally talking to a wide range of people involved with the syllabus and exam.

There is a process students can use to claim disadvantage – including being so upset that they had problems sitting other unrelated exams. Also there is a mechanism to modify students exam scores if this is deemed necessary.

Meanwhile if any mass “misadventure” is discovered the BOS promises to “fully act on it”.

Stay tuned.
Here is the Question – um – in question

Section 111 – Religious Tradition Depth Study

20 marks

Attempt ONE question from Questions 1-5

Choose a DIFFERENT Religious Tradition from the ones you chose in Section 11

Allow about 35 minutes for this section

Answer the question in a writing booklet. Extra writing booklets are available


In your answer you will be assessed on how well you:

*Incorporate significant aspects of religion to illustrate your answer

*use language and terminology appropriate to the study of religion

*present ideas clearly in a well-structured answer


Question 1- Buddhism ( 20 marks)

[Nirvana] can only be reached, not produced, by the Path… it transcends the intrinsic nature of matter…being attainable through special insight effected by strong effort.

BUDDHAGHOSA, 5th century India

[Proper meditiation is] single-minded intense sitting without burning incense, worshipping, reciting…,practising repentance, nor reading sutras.

DOGEN, 13th century Japan

With reference to the quotations, analyse how Buddhist ethics and/or practices are informed by different expressions of the Buddhist belief system.

Question 2- Christianity ( 20 marks)

Now it came to pass, as he sat at the table with them, that he took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew him; and he vanished from their sight. And they said to one another,”Did not our heart burn within us while he talked with us on the road, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?”

LUKE 24:30-32, New King James Bible

With reference to Luke’s post-resurrection account in the quotation, assess Christianity as a living religious tradition in the life of its adherents.

Question 3 – Hinduism( 20 marks)

Do those deeds without blame.

Taittiriya Upanishad 1.11.1-3

Discuss the relevance of the quotation to Hindu ethics and/or practices.

Question 4- Islam ( 20 marks)

The ultimate guidance is the Qur’an given by God through Muhammad…The Qur’an enables humans to see and understand the guidance God has inbuilt in creation.

H Coward.

With reference to the quotation, analyse the role played by the revelation through the Prophet in the life of Muslims.

Question 5 – Judaism ( 20 marks)

And this is the Instruction – the laws and the rules- that the Lord your God has commanded [me] to impart to you, to be observed in the land which you are about to cross into and occupy…Hear O Israel !  The Lord is your God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day.

Deuteronomy 6:1, 4-6 Torah

Analyse the connection between “the laws and the rules” and the love of God, referred to in the quotation, as a guide in the life of adherents.


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