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HRT3M World Religions

World Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues and Challenges

University / College Prep.

Ministry of Education Course Title: Social Science and Humanities, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

Course Code: HRT3M                  

Grade Level: 11

Prerequisite: None

Department: Social Science and Humanities

Course Description:

This course provides students with opportunities to explore various world religions and belief traditions. Students will develop knowledge of the terms and concepts relevant to this area of study, will examine the ways in which religions and belief traditions meet various human needs, and will learn about the relationship between belief and action. They will examine sacred writings and teachings, consider how concepts of time and place influence different religions and belief traditions, and develop research and inquiry skills related to the study of human expressions of belief.

Total Time: 110 hours

Course Content

Unit 1 Research and Inquiry Skills

A1. Exploring: explore topics related to world religions and belief traditions, and formulate questions to guide their research;
A2. Investigating: create research plans, and locate and select information relevant to their chosen topics, using appropriate social science research and inquiry methods;
A3. Processing Information: assess, record, analyse, and synthesize information gathered through research and inquiry;
A4. Communicating and Reflecting: communicate the results of their research and inquiry clearly and effectively, and reflect on and evaluate their research, inquiry, and communication skills.

Unit 2 Approaches to The Study of The Sacred

B1. Why Study World Religions and Belief Traditions?: demonstrate an understanding of various reasons for the study of world religions and belief traditions;
B2. Terms and Concepts in the Study of the Sacred: demonstrate an understanding of terms and concepts related to the study of world religions and belief traditions;
B3. Approaches: demonstrate an understanding and assess the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to the study of world religions and belief traditions.

Unit 3 Religious and Spiritual Impulse

C1. Functions of Human Belief Traditions: explain some of the ways people use religions and belief traditions to meet human needs;
C2. The Search for Meaning: analyse ways in which various religions and belief traditions conceptualize the journey of life as a spiritual journey and quest for meaning.

Unit 4 Sacred Teachings and Principles

D1. Tenets, Practices, and Teachings: outline the central tenets, practices, and teachings of various religions and belief traditions;
D2. Sacred Writings and Oral Teachings: analyse the role of sacred writings and oral teachings in various religions and belief traditions;
D3. Prescribed Roles and Influential Figures: analyse how individuals with specific roles have influenced the development of various religions and belief traditions.

Unit 5 Rites and Observance

E1. Daily Living as Sacred Reality: demonstrate an understanding of the type of daily observances associated with various religions and belief traditions and of the role of these observances in the lives of adherents;
E2. Rites and Rituals: demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which rituals and rites reflect the understandings and principles of various religions and belief traditions.

Unit 6 Social and Cultural Contexts

F1. Cultural Contexts: identify and analyse ways in which various religions and belief traditions are embodied in cultural forms;
F2. Social Contexts: analyse the interaction between society and various religions and belief traditions;
F3. Social Challenges: demonstrate an understanding of the challenges that adherents of various religions and belief systems experience in society;
F4. Religion, Civil Society, and Popular Culture: describe and analyse ways in which various religions and belief traditions are interpreted and adapted within civil society and popular culture.

Unit 7 Culminating Project

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