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
community life.

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.


L.E.S. #1 - AGEISM: In Our Community & In Our Society

Our last class discussions led us to consider issues related to ageism - both for the youth of our society and for an aging population.

With this thoughts in mind, let us consider the following:



Your community is faced with an aging population who require specialized support and services. Provincial health service agencies are in place to help the seniors in your community – however, there is a need for more aid.



Develop a CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION which will service seniors and shut-ins in your community.

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Inspiration for Your Research: 

Here are a selection of videos which should give you some help with your project.

L.E.S. #2 - The Big Questions

"I discovered that science doesn't deal with the really interesting questions, so I turned to philosophy." — Chantilas (Terence Stamp) in the film Red Planet (2000)

Without science we would know very little about how the world works or about our own nature. However, the greatest value of science is that it gives us so much to think about. 

What is there to think about? Ultimately, just two things: ourselves and the universe. We are part of the universe, "stardust, billion year old carbon" as Joni Mitchell once sang in "Woodstock". But we are also more than that, or at least we aspire to be.

In life we are faced with questions which do not have easily defined answers. As well, your answer to these questions will be coloured by your cultural, philosophical and religious background and or viewpoint.


•    Consider each of the following “BIG QUESTIONS”.
•    Select three of the topics below
•    Write a text which explores your understanding of the selected topics – minimum 2 pages of single spaced text.

What is reality? 
What is life? Are we alone in the universe?
Big Bang Theory
Do we have free will?
Meaning of Life
What is consciousness?
Creation vs. Evolution
What comes after Homo sapiens?
Artificial Intelligence
Life After Death
Cultural Relativism
Ethical Dilemmas
Social Justice


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