VCE Texts and Traditions

This information is based on the study information provided by VCAA.

Note that at Oxley Christian College, we often run Texts and Traditions Units 3&4 (the Year 12 sequence, resulting in a study score). Students usually study this at Year 12, but it can also be ‘fast tracked’ by students in Year 11. Units 3&4 are described below.

Rationale

Many traditions have a special relationship with a set of writings.  The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the Gospel of Luke and its interpretation within the Christian tradition.  Students will gain an appreciation of the socio cultural and historical setting of the gospel, both its Hebrew past and the world of first century Palestine.  Research about the people, events and places that are significant to the early development of Christianity will be undertaken.

Students will develop the ability to analyse issues that relate to the writing of the Gospel of Luke, its literary structure, literary forms and major themes.  Methods of interpretation of the text will be explored and skills in interpretation developed and applied to specific passages from Luke’s gospel.

Selected themes that emerge from Luke’s gospel (such as poverty, the role of women, discipleship, prayer) will be examined in greater depth. Then way that the Christians have interpreted and responded to these ideas, throughout history and in the present, will be examined and discussed.

Students will gain a thorough understanding and appreciation of the Gospel of Luke and the development of valuable skills that can be applied more widely to the Bible and beyond to other texts.

Structure

The study is made up of two units:

  • Unit 3: Texts and the Early Tradition
  • Unit 4: Texts and their Teachings

Unit 3: Texts and the Early Tradition

This unit examines texts relating to the original and early development of the selected tradition, focusing on events, people and places important to the development of the tradition.  Students will examine issues which relate to the writing of texts such as: authorship, purpose and intended audience.  Students will also develop knowledge of the text as a whole in terms of its literary structure and major themes.  This unit also explores how teachings may be presented in different ways within texts. Texts have been developed in certain historical, political and social contexts.  These situations affect understanding of the meaning, purpose and teachings of those texts.  However, some texts contain ideas and teachings which are seen by a tradition as transcending their historical and social contexts, and as having continual relevance and meaning for the tradition.  Students will engage in an exegetical study of texts in light of the above considerations.

Unit 4  –  Texts and their Teachings

Some texts are regarded as essential for the continuation of a tradition because they function as a means of communicating teachings or understandings about the relationship between the human and the transcendent.  As time goes on, some of the themes contained in the fundamental texts have been reinterpreted in different times in the tradition.  The main part of the study in this unit continues the exegetical study of foundational texts begun in Unit 3.  However, the themes contained in the foundational texts have been reinterpreted at different times within traditions and such developments are also included in the area of study.  Students will examine a significant religious idea, belief or social theme arising out of a study of the selected text, paying particular attention to the way in which the text deals with the particular issue or theme in its original historical, social and religious context.  They will examine the circumstances which prompted the tradition’s later interpretation of the particular issue or theme.  Consideration will also be given to the impact on the tradition of these interpretations of the idea or theme.

Entry

There are no prerequisites for Units 3 and 4.  Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4.

Assessment

Satisfactory Completion

Demonstrated achievement of outcomes specified for the unit.

Unit 3

On completion of this unit should be able to:

  • Outcome 1: identify events, people and places relating to the early development of the tradition.
  • Outcome 2: analyse issues that relate to the writing of the text, its literary structure and major themes.
  • Outcome 3: apply basic exegetical methods to the interpretation of texts within the founding tradition.

Unit 4

On completion of this unit should be able to:

  • Outcome 1: apply basic exegetical methods to the interpretation of texts within the founding tradition and discuss the major themes of the texts.
  • Outcome 2: discuss and significant religious idea, belief or social theme in the foundational texts of a tradition, and describe how this belief or theme has been interpreted within the tradition at a later stage.

Levels of Achievement

Units 3 and 4

School assessed coursework and an end of year examination

  • Unit 3 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • Unit 4 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • Units 3 and 4 examination (50%)