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Religion 35: Relating

1. Course Philosophy
Participants in the program are encouraged to explore the human search for meaning using the resources of personal inquiry and significant spiritual traditions. In order for the search to be truly meaningful, it must be connected to the individual’s personal inquiry. For adolescents, relationships are where they often seek and find meaning in their lives.

Their relationship to the world around them is often shaped by television, peers, music, etc. From these and other sources, they will build relationships which may be life-denying, while at other times, be life-saving. Regardless, they will continue to search for ways which will bring them into closer relationship with the self, others, and God.

By the end of this course students will be required to present their philosophy of life. To accomplish this they are required to analyze written and audio/visual material. Students are required to demonstrate their knowledge of the material and to use it to form a personal philosophy.

The formation of a Christian philosophy is based upon the concept that life is graciousness. Christ reveals life’s goodness to us.

This course builds upon the concepts of Religion 15 and Religion 25.

2. General Outcomes/Themes
The student will:

  • Examine spirituality in a variety of world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Islam)
  • Examine some philosophical building blocks for ethics and morality (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle)
  • Understand the impact of revelation and sacred scripture upon ethics and morality (St. Paul, St. Augustine, St. Aquinas)
  • Understand themselves as moral persons (Focus Questions on The Human Condition)
  • Acknowledge the spiritual dimension of relationships (ie. What does it mean to “live with the Spirit”?)

3. Assessment
A person’s relationship with God is a matter of conscience, the internal forum of the soul. God alone is the arbiter of souls (and then again, who can plumb the depths of Divine Mercy?). It is important, therefore, that we avoid the grading or evaluation of a student’s faith.

We grade the knowledge the student has acquired based on the program of studies and the skills the student is able to show in articulating his/her knowledge.

A wide range of assessment information is used in the development of a student’s final grade. Individualized assessments provide specific information regarding student progress and overall performance in class. Student assessment may vary from student to student to adapt to differences in student needs, learning styles, preferences, and paces. Not all assignments are used for assessment.

Course Work and Evaluation
Unit 1 37.5% Determined from marks collected from course beginning to 1st report card cut-off
Unit 2 37.5% Determined from marks collected from 1st report card cut-off to final exam.

  • Comparative World Religions: 25%
  • Course work: 50% (may include assignments, presentations, journals, reviews, notes, research projects, portfolios, exams and quizzes)
  • Final Examination: 25%

4. Primary Resources
Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder

World Religions activities

In Search of the Good: A Catholic Understanding of Moral Living, Concacan, CCCB, Ottawa, Ontario, 2004

World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery, Jeffrey Brodd, St. Mary’s Press, Christian Brothers Publishers, Winona, Minn. 1998.

Additional Resources

Religion 15: Belonging

1. Course Philosophy
The Senior High Religious Studies Program engages students in the Search for Meaning. The approach does not limit or deny any stage of adolescent psychological or spiritual growth. Instead, it offers to adolescents a way of realizing and fulfilling their possibilities as human beings.

The course on Belonging is intended to help students understand what it means to be “fully alive.” It does so by recognizing that one of the primary needs of adolescents is to experience a sense of belonging. In seeking to belong, they question and challenge those values which will eventually become convictions worth sharing with others. In their quest to find meaning in belonging, there is the constant interaction between what the gospel teaches and the human experience.

2. General Outcomes/Themes
The student will:

  • Explore an overview of world religions(Judaism, Christianity, Islam)
  • Examine the principles that guide Catholics in understanding their role in shaping culture
  • Understand that belonging to the Christian community involves witness and service.
  • Understand how the work of Jesus continues in the world through the Catholic Church.
  • Explore relationships with self, others and God from a Catholic perspective.

3. Assessment
A person’s relationship with God is a matter of conscience, the internal forum of the soul. God alone is the arbiter of souls (and then again, who can plumb the depths of Divine Mercy?). It is important, therefore, that we avoid the grading or evaluation of a student’s faith.

We grade the knowledge the student has acquired based on the program of studies and the skills the student is able to show in articulating his/her knowledge.

A wide range of assessment information is used in the development of a student’s final grade. Individualized assessments provide specific information regarding student progress and overall performance in class. Student assessment may vary from student to student to adapt to differences in student needs, learning styles, preferences, and paces. Not all assignments are used for assessment.

Course Work and Evaluation

  1. Christian Action Assignment: 15% (suggested minimum hours of service = 10 – typically these would not be instructional hours)
  2. Comparative World Religions: 20%
  3. Course work: 65% (may include assignments, presentations, journals, reviews, notes, research projects, portfolios, exams and quizzes)

4. Primary Resources
Christ and Culture, Concacan, Ottawa, Ontario, 2001

Exploring the Religions of our World, Nancy Clemmons, Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana. 1999.

Religion 25: Believing

1. Course Philosophy
The program addresses real life issues. What do I believe about myself, others, God? How am I to live my life? In the search to find answers to such questions, adolescents will make decisions.

The beliefs adolescents hold will greatly influence the choices they make. For the most part, their beliefs are not solidified. They still have many discoveries to make before they settle for life-long commitments. But for now, they search.

2. General Outcomes/Themes
The student will:

  • Explore how believing is integral to human living.
  • Investigate the role of truth, goodness, the spiritual and religious community in the search to believe.
  • Explore believing in the Great Religions of the East, Hinduism and Buddhism.
  • Study the Bible as a source of Christian belief.
  • Understand the message of Jesus.
  • Identify ways in which Christians cooperate in bringing about the Reign of God.

Theme:
Believing is Integral to Human Living

3. Assessment
A person’s relationship with God is a matter of conscience, the internal forum of the soul. God alone is the arbiter of souls (and then again, who can plumb the depths of Divine Mercy?). It is important, therefore, that we avoid the grading or evaluation of a student’s faith.

We grade the knowledge the student has acquired based on the program of studies and the skills the student is able to show in articulating his/her knowledge.

A wide range of assessment information is used in the development of a student’s final grade. Individualized assessments provide specific information regarding student progress and overall performance in class. Student assessment may vary from student to student to adapt to differences in student needs, learning styles, preferences, and paces. Not all assignments are used for assessment.

4. Course Work and Evaluation
5 Credits:

  1. Christian Action Assignment ~ 15% (suggested minimum hours of service = 10 – typically these would not be instructional hours)
  2. Course work: ~ 55% (may include assignments, presentations, journals, reviews, notes, research projects, portfolios, exams and quizzes)
  3. Final Exam: ~ 25%

3 Credits:

  1. Course work: ~ 75% (may include assignments, presentations, journals, reviews, notes, research projects, portfolios, exams and quizzes)
  2. Final Exam: ~ 25%

5. Primary Resources
Hengel, Dr. John van den, et al. World Religions: A Canadian Catholic Perspective. Nelson, 1970.
O’Malley, William J. Building Your Own Conscience (Batteries Not Included). Tabor Pub., 1992.
Linn, Dennis, et al. Good Goats: Healing Our Image of God. Paulist Press, 1993.
Young, William P. The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity. Windblown Media, 1970,

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