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Religious Education

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Please remember that not all courses are offered at every OCSB high school. Consult your myBlueprint account for the courses offerings at your school.

OCSB students are required to take one course in Religious Education in each year of high school.

CodeCourse NameGradeTypePrerequisite
HRE1OBe With Me9OpenNone
HRE2OChrist and Culture10OpenNone
HRF3OWorld Religions and Belief Traditions in Daily Life11OpenNone
HRT3MWorld Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues and Challenges11University/CollegeNone
HRE4O Church and Culture12OpenNone
HRE4MChurch and Culture12University/CollegeNone
HZT4UPhilosophy: Questions and Theories12UniversityAny University or University/College preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies

Course descriptions

HRE1O – Be With Me

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course uses the Beatitudes and Ten Commandments as a framework to examine the attitudes and actions that characterize the Christian life. Students will examine the following topics: Be Alive, Be Faithful, Be Loving, Be Obedient, Be Just, Be Honest, Be Generous, Be Forgiving and Be Hopeful. Students are encouraged to grow in these Gospel values while actively engaging in a variety of challenging educational activities.

 

HRE2O – Christ and Culture

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course requires students to explore the shaping culture through Gospel values. Students will explore the foundational topics of what does it mean to be human, what is culture and Christ and culture. Other topics that will be examined are on friendship and intimacy, living together in solidarity and relating to the Church and world. Connections between the church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible adolescent in a secular, pluralistic world.

 

HRF3O – World Religions and Belief Traditions in Daily Life

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course enables students to study world religions and belief traditions in local, Canadian and global contexts. Students will explore aspects of the human quest for meaning and will examine world religions and belief traditions as exemplified in various sacred teachings and principles, rites and passages. They will also study the interaction throughout history between society and various belief traditions and will have opportunities to develop research and inquiry skills related to the study of world religions and belief traditions.

 

HRT3M – World Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues and Challenges

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: None

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.

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HRE4O – Church and Culture

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course invites students to consider the many personal and social issues related to being a Catholic Christian in the modern world. Many dimensions of the human person are considered: personal development, morality, justice, appreciating creation, relationships, communication, human sexuality, sexual morality and marriage. Students are invited to consider what it means to be a truly discerning and responsible person.

 

HRE4M – Church and Culture

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: None

This course explores a Catholic understanding of moral living where students learn the philosophical and scriptural foundations of ethical thinking and action. The search for the good in life will be traced through a consideration of the good life, norms for moral living, freedom, justice and mercy. Various moral and social issues are studied and evaluated including the importance of human sexuality and marriage. The experience and tradition of the Catholic Church will be considered throughout.

 

HZT4U – Philosophy: Questions and Theories

1 credit, University, Prerequisite: Any University or University/College preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies

This course enables students to acquire an understanding of the nature of philosophy and philosophical reasoning skills and to develop and apply their knowledge and skills while exploring specialized branches of philosophy (the course will cover at least three of the following branches: metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, aesthetics). Students will develop critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they formulate and evaluate arguments related to a variety of philosophical questions and theories. They will also develop research and inquiry skills related to the study and practice of philosophy.