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Religious Studies Courses

Grade 9

Intro to Catholic Christianity or Sacraments

Semester, 0.5 Credit

Intro to Catholic Christianity: This semester-long course is for students who have not had exposure to the basic teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church or who have had little or no education or practice in Catholic Christianity. The intent of the course is to prepare the student for success in Catholic studies courses at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory by developing knowledge of key terms, critical thinking skills, strategies of articulate expression, and the art of productive dialogue. The main topics include the Fundamentals of Catholicism, the theology and teachings of Jesus Christ, the role of the Holy Spirit in guiding the Christian community, and the Sacramental worldview of the Catholic Church. Either this course or the Sacraments course is required as part of the religious studies curriculum.

Sacraments: This course is for students who have a good grasp of the basic teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. This understanding has probably come from years of formal Catholic elementary school religious education, as well as regular religious practice. The intent of this course is to provide the student with an opportunity to explore the rich tradition of sacramental theology and practice. Either this course or the Introduction to Catholic Christianity course is required as part of the religious studies curriculum.

Introduction to Sacred Scripture (Old Testament)

SEMESTER, 0.5 CREDIT
The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible, they will come to encounter the live Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course, they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world.

 

 

Grade 10

Christology (The Study of Christ)
(Sophomore Required)

Semester, 0.5 Credit

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course, students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who he is, the students will also learn who he calls them to be.

Paschal Mystery (The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ)

The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails

 

 

Grade 11

Ecclesiology

Semester, 0.5 Credit

The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church.

Catholic Moral Thinking

Semester, 0.5 Credit

Examines the foundations of Catholic morality. The moral life is known as "life in Christ" which is characterized by our loving one another as Jesus loved us. We will explore the development of character, the formation of conscience, and the criteria for judgment and action. Life requires making difficult choices. Often these choices both reveal and shape a person's character. Learning to evaluate complex moral dilemmas and acting according to one's conscience is essential for living in a right relationship with other people, one's self, and God. This course is designed to address two essential questions: Who am I? Who am I becoming? This course is required as part of the religious studies curriculum.

 

Grade 12

 

ALL ELECTIVES

 

World Religions

Semester, 0.5 Credit

This semester course is designed to study contemporary, cultural and historical diversity in World Religions. The goals of this course include: learning about cultural and historical worldviews, knowing the seven characteristics of world religions, appreciating diversity within and between world religions, working to develop a personal view and understanding of how to live in a diverse world. This course is required as part of the religious studies curriculum.

 

Lasallian Ministry

Semester, 0.5 Credit

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn basic skills in leadership within a Lasallian context. Students will develop these skills through activities, classroom lecture, assigned reading, directed service to the school, and other project work in the community. An application during the forecasting process is required for placement into this course. This course is elective and will meet the 2nd half of the religious studies requirement for 12th graders.

 

Christian Lifestyles/Vocations

Semester, 0.5 Credit

This course considers the developmental tasks of young adulthood and the four lifestyle paths. (single life, married life, religious life, and ordained ministry) Students will examine lifestyle issues and choices in light of the Gospel and the Christian tradition. This course is elective and will meet the 2nd half of the religious studies requirement for 12th graders.

 

Faith and Media

Semester class, 0.5 Credit

The class will explore the presence of faith and the portrayal of Christianity (an in particular Catholicism) in a variety of media (novels, short stories, film, news, and non-fiction writing).  Students will analyze various media to discern the presence of various theological themes or to evaluate the religious portrayal within such media. The assessments will primarily be presentations, discussions, and essays. This is a Blended Online class. Open to Seniors and Juniors only. Must have strong organizational and self-management skills. Enrollment is limited.