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World Religions

  • IB World Religions is a systematic, analytical yet empathetic study of the variety of beliefs and practices encountered in nine main religions of the world
  • Seeks to promote an awareness of religious issues in the contemporary world by requiring the study of a diverse range of religions
  • Students acquire a sense of what it is like to belong to a particular religion and how that religion and how that influences the way in which the followers of that religion understand the world, act in it, and relate and respond to others.
  • Promote an inquiring, analytical and empathetic approach to the study of religion
  • Develop an informed understanding of the diversity of world religions
  • Foster a respectful awareness of the significance of the beliefs and practices for the faith member
  • Develop an understanding of how religion affects people’s lives
  • Encourage a global appreciation of the issues surrounding religious and spiritual beliefs, controversies and movements in the world today
  • Promote responsible and informed international citizenship

Part 1: Introduction to world religions
Five world religions to be studied from a choice of nine, at least one to be chosen from each of the three columns in the chart of world religions, Part 1: Introduction to world religions
Hinduism, Buddism, Sikhism
Judaism, Islam, Christianity
Taoism, Jainism, Baha’i Faith
Guided by three fundamental questions

Part 2: In-depth studies
Two world religions to be studied from a choice of six, each chosen from a different column
Guided through themes
Sacred texts
Religious experience
Ethics and moral conduct

Part 3: Internal assessment
Investigative study


    • What is religion? To what extent is religion distinguishable from culture or ideology?
    • Are religions created, discovered or revealed? What are the implications for religious knowledge?
    • To what extent is religious belief rational? Are reason and emotion necessarily opposed in religious belief?
    • Do people of differing religious convictions necessarily have different world views?

    Paper 1
    Five(of nine possible) stimulus response questions covering at least three religions

    Paper 2
    Two(of fourteen possible) essay questions based on guiding themes

    Written analysis
    Structured format based on investigative study

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