RELIGIOUS STUDIES 35

Course Outline

2015-2016

A.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 young people, 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.

B.General Outcomes/Themes:

The student will:

A.Examine spirituality in a variety of world religions.

B.Examine some philosophical building blocks for ethics and morality.

C.Understand the impact of revelation and sacred scripture upon ethics and morality.

D.Understand themselves as moral persons.

E.Acknowledge the spiritual dimension of relationships.

C.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.

Course Work and Evaluation

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.

D.Expectations:

Here are some expectations I have of all my religion students.  I expect that you

·are on time for class. Unexplained lates or skipping will not be tolerated and could result in the removal from the course.

·will come to class fully prepared. This means that you have with you your textbook, notebook, writing utensils, and have any work assigned completed and ready to be marked.

·will give me your full attention and your best effort by:

·doing your best to participate in the class.

·giving an honest attempt at your work.

·showing respect for yourself, the teacher, and other classmates.

E.Primary Resources:

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. 1988.

F.ECS Graduation Requirements:

Policy 300

6 c.    In order to receive a high school graduation diploma from Edmonton Catholic Schools, all senior high students shall complete Religious Studies 15, 25, and 35.