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Religion Department
 
Course Descriptions
 
Be With Me, Grade 9 Open (HRE 1O1)

This course invites students to a deeper understanding of both the joy and the demands of following in the way of Christ and living out the call to discipleship as it is described in the Scriptures. Using the Beatitudes as a touchstone, students will examine the attitudes and actions that characterize the Christian life. Students will explore a variety of topics related to the themes of personhood, interpersonal relationships and sexuality. They are encouraged to understand and nurture within themselves the virtues which will enable then to deepen their relationship with God in and through Christ in the context of a Spirit-filled community. Prerequisite: None

Christ and Culture, Grade 10 Open (HRE 2O1)
This course both invites and challenges the adolescent to personalize the principles that guide Catholics in understanding their role in shaping culture through our discipleship. The exploration of these principles starts with the Scriptural foundations to the questions of what it means to be human and how God has and continues to shape our humanity through culture. The principles arte then developed through the Gospel themes that reveal how Jesus’ Kingdom of God is expressed in all of our relationships: to ourselves, to others, to our civil society, to our church and to our Global community. Prerequisite: None

World Religions, Grade 11, University/College (HRT 3M1)

This course will fulfill the expectations of the church in its desire that students in Catholic schools develop an objective and respectful understanding of other religious traditions from the perspective of the Catholic Church. To that end, student learning will include an understanding of the Church’s teachings on world religious traditions and those principles which inform ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, together with an historical overview of the Church’s relationship with various religions, particularly Judaism and Islam. For all students, this course will help break down prejudice about other religions, and for some they may lead to a deeper understanding and more authentic adherence o the teachings of the Church concerning spiritual and moral truth. Other religious traditions are encountered through the unique perspective of the Catholic Church. Prerequisite: Grade 10 Open Religion and/or Grade 10
Academic English
 
World Religions: Beliefs and Daily Life, Grade 11, Open (HRF 3O)

This course introduces students to the range and diversity of world religions and examines how systems of belief affect individual lives and social relationships. Students will learn about a variety of religious beliefs, teachings, traditions and practices. The course also helps students to develop skills used in researching and investigating topics related to world religions.
 
Church and Culture, Grade 12, University/College (HRE 4M1)

This course has the aim of assisting students in understanding themselves as moral persons living in the way of Christ through an examination of ethical theories, the revelation of sacred Scripture and the experience and teaching of the Catholic Church. While grounded in Revelation, the course also examines the contributions of Philosophy and the sciences to a Catholic understanding of ethics and moral living. Students will explore their own ethical and moral stance through an examination of various arenas of life such as justice and peace, freedom, reconciliation, family, marriage and political life. This course is intended to prepare the senior student for the lifelong task of discerning what is good and of God while growing in their ability to live accordingly as moral persons and active life giving members of a global society. Prerequisite: Grade 11 University College Religion and/or Grade 11 University or University/College English

Church and Culture, Grade 12 Open (HRE 4O1)

This course has the aim of assisting students in understanding themselves as moral persons living the way of Christ through an examination of the revelation of sacred Scripture, and the experience and teaching of the Catholic Church. It engages students in critical reflection on significant contemporary moral and ethical issues in light of scripture, Church teaching and on their own experiences. Social and ecological justice issues are explored along with a study of topics that focus on Christian mercy and forgiveness. The graces and challenges of relationships, marriage and family life are explored from a Catholic perspective. Students are challenged to adopt the Christian stance in the political world. Prerequisite: Grade 11 Open Religion
 
Philosophy: Questions and Theories, Grade 12, University Preparation (HZT 4U)

This course addresses three (or more) of the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will learn critical thinking skills, the main ideas expressed by philosophers from a variety of the world’s traditions, how to develop and explain their own philosophical ideas, and how to apply those ideas to contemporary social issues and personal experiences. The course will also help students refine skills used in researching and investigating topics in philosophy. Prerequisite: Any University or University/College Preparation Course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English or Canadian and World Studies