Religion Department

GRADE 9 – Religious Studies

HRE1O – Discipleship and Culture (Open)

This course uses the Beatitudes as a framework to examine the attitudes and actions that characterize the Christian life. Students will derive knowledge and skills from a study of Scripture, Profession of Faith, Christian Moral Development, Prayer, Sacramental Life, and Family Life. Students are encouraged to grow in Gospel values while actively engaging in a variety of challenging educational activities.

GRADE 10 – Religious Studies

HRE2O – Christ and Culture (Open):

This course examines the relationship between the person and message of Christ and the dominant attitudes of contemporary culture. Beginning with the Gospel narratives as a foundation, students acquire a deeper and more sympathetic knowledge of Christ, his message and his Church. Connections between the living Church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible adolescent developing within a community of disciples in the context of a secular, pluralistic world. In the Family Life Education strand, students explore a variety of topics related to the themes of personhood, interpersonal relationships and sexuality.

GRADE 11 – Religious Studies

HRE3M – Faith and Culture: World Religions (University/College):

This course enables students to learn about the beliefs, traditions and practices of some of the Great Religions of the world. Students will explore the religious experience in its varied manifestations throughout human history and expressed through different forms of sacred language, ritual and life-style. While focusing on the faith journey of the Catholic and other Christian communities throughout the ages, students will also learn about the Church’s interaction with other religions, particularly, Judaism, Islam and the Spiritual heritage of Canada’s Native People. Students will recognize the connections between religion and the development of civilizations and the impact of religion on human experience. Students will learn to appreciate further their own unique Catholic heritage while developing a respectful understanding of other religions. In the Family Life Education strand, students explore a variety of topics related to the themes of personhood, family relationships and sexuality.

HRE3O – Faith and Culture: World Religions (Open):

This course engages students in the examination of world religions, particularly Judaism, Christianity and Islam, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Spiritualties’, and locally appropriate religious tradition(s), if suitable. This is a survey course that will help students understand the basic similarities and differences between the religious traditions so they can interact with others with acceptance and familiarity. Ontario is a multi-faith global community. Students will deepen their understanding of the various faith traditions in their local community and around the world.

GRADE 12 – Religious Studies

HRE4O – Church and Culture (Open):

This course assists students in their development of the skills and knowledge necessary to live lives of full maturity. Within the Catholic faith tradition, it is believed that this growth towards human maturity is best served when students are able to define themselves authentically in relation to their God, to other people and to their world. In the Family Life Education strand, students explore a variety of topics related to the themes of personhood, interpersonal relationships and sexuality. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the prophetic tradition in Scripture, become familiar with the social teachings of the Catholic Church, explore contemporary notions of spirituality and proverb, and recognize the importance, power, and potential of the human person in relation to morality and personal choices concerning future life paths.

HHS4CR – Families in Canada (College):

This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyse the development of individuals, intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will focus on issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada’s diverse society. They will develop analytical tools that enable them to assess various factors affecting families and to consider policies and practices intended to support families in Canada. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships.

AWU4MR – Visual Arts: Cultural and Historical Studies (University/College):

This course engages students in spiritual life through the visual arts. Students will examine, through the creation of art and the study of existing art and visual culture, their own impressions and interpretations of the philosophical, scriptural and ethical roots of the faith. Students will use the critical analysis process to deconstruct visual images and explore connections between art and catholicity. Students will also make connections between various works of art in contemporary, historical and cultural contexts. This course will build upon prior religious study and enhance the general foundation students receive through visual arts courses at the secondary school level. For those who have not enrolled in any studio course, there will be a thorough introduction to the history and practice of the visual arts.

CPW4U – Canadian and World Politics (University):

This course examines national and international political issues from a variety of perspectives with an emphasis on the Catholic worldview: analysis and critique in this course are grounded in a Catholic worldview and Catholic Social teaching. “Peace is a value with no frontiers”, Pope John Paul II insists. The peace studies course focuses on the structures and conflicts in Canadian political system and in global relations. Students will learn about the rights and responsibilities of individuals, groups and states within the international community; analyze the different ways in which Canada tries to settle its conflicts with other nations; and evaluate the role of nationalist and internationalist ideologies in shaping relations among states and peoples. Students will examine, evaluate and apply knowledge of interdependent systems for the development of a just and compassionate society.

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