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Grade 11 ERC
Grade 11 Ethics & Religious Culture
In this program, ethics essentially consists in critically reflecting on the meaning of conduct and on the values and norms that the members of a given society or group adopt in order to guide or regulate their conduct.
Indispensable for making judicious choices, this ethical reflection enables the development of a person’s moral sense. In addition to expressing the individual’s autonomy and capacity for exercising critical judgment, these choices are likely to contribute to peaceful coexistence. In this program, we will take into account the challenges related to community life in our pluralist society and elsewhere in the world.
The reflection will focus on such subjects as relations between human beings, freedom, responsibility, friendship
and mutual assistance, but also on questions that concern us as members of a society in constant flux, such as the
role of the media, the protection of the environment or the possible impact that scientific and technological advances can have on
Instruction in religious culture promotes an understanding of the main components of religions that is built on the
exploration of the socio-cultural contexts in which they take root and continue to develop. Sacred texts, beliefs, teachings, rituals, ceremonies, rules of conduct, places of worship, works of art, practices, institutions, and types of organization are
some of the aspects on which it focuses. Knowledge of these aspects will enable students to grasp, according to their age, the experiential, historical, doctrinal, moral, ritualistic, literary, artistic, social and political dimensions of religion. This program takes a special look at Québec’s religious heritage.
The historical and cultural importance of Catholicism and Protestantism is especially highlighted. However, attention is also given to the influence of Judaism and Native spirituality on this heritage, as well as other religions that today contribute to Québec culture and inspire different ways of thinking, being and acting.
In order to situate you in this course, I have prepared a presentation which explores the central terminology of the course: Ethics & Religious Culture.
In order to fully address issues related to ethics and moral conduct, it is necessary to have an understanding of the role of religious culture in our world. Thus, our first major unit will tackle this gigantic topic!
To begin, here are some infographics and charts which will serve as common resources:
WORLD RELIGIONS ORAL PRESENTATION
In a world, which continuously grows more interdependent, there is clearly a need for everyone to awaken to one another's spiritual traditions. To a large degree, our world has been and continues to be shaped by religion. You only need to read the daily paper, watch the nightly news, or surf the any major news site online to realize that this is true not only globally but here locally as well. As citizens of Canada, we are increasingly aware that our nation is religiously pluralistic.
As you leave C.V.R. and move on into your adult lives, you will most likely live, work, and interact with people from many different spiritual traditions. Therefore, aside from the obvious profit of knowledge, one of the goals of this course is for you to gain an appreciation for and understanding of the world's many religions.
The purpose of the World Religion Project is twofold: first, the project will give you an opportunity to work collaboratively to create a presentation, featuring one of the world's religions; second, the project will allow you to share your work with the entire class.
Resources for Class Discussions