Religious Studies Department St. Augustine Catholic Secondary School Course Code: HRE 4M1Course Name: Church and Culture Level: Mixed Instructor: Period: Room Number: Course Overview: This course is directed toward the clear identification of Catholic Moral principles and the concrete application of these principles in the lives of students. The course proceeds from foundational beliefs rooted in Sacred Scriptures concerning justice and peace to an exploration of the principles that shape Christian life. Other areas of study also include social justice and philosophy. The Christian moral life is a call to follow Jesus Christ, to believe in the redemptive love of God for humankind and to proclaim and incarnate the reign of God as inaugurated by Jesus Christ. This course is intended to provide students with the needed knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes that assist them in making life-giving, Christ-centred, moral decisions in their ongoing faith. Specific Strands of Study and Expectations include: I. Scripture: Explain the Catholic understanding of the Bible as God’s self-revelation Use exegesis to apply Scripture in ethical and moral decision making II. Profession of Faith: Integrate the religious quest in their search for meaning on the contemporary world Appreciate persons as rational, emotional, physical, social, aesthetic, moral and spiritual in nature III. Christian Moral Development: Appreciate how persons are created with free will and with the ability to discern right from wrong IV. Prayer and Sacramental Life: Seek the transforming wisdom of the Holy Spirit in their search for authenticity and peace of heart V. Family Life Understand the concept of dignity of the human person and its impact on our inherent sense of Efforts will be made to meet the individual lea responsibility towards self and others to ensure these expectations are being met. V. Family Life Education: recognize and explore the meaning of integrity and belonging in human life Course Breakdown Resources: Unit 1: Christian Philosophy: Freedom and Conscience Unit 2: Christian Revelation: Old and New Testament. The Church Unit 3: Christian Morality Unit 4: Social Teaching of the Church Unit 5: Christian Relationship The textbook, In Search of the Good, will be distributed to students during the first week of the course. The text and all other resources assigned to students are the responsibility of the student. Replacement cost for the text is $39.95. Evaluation Structure:: Knowledge/Understanding Thinking/Inquiry Communication Application 25% 25% 25% 25% These are assessed in both term work and summative work as follows: TERM WORK - 70% SUMMATIVE WORK – 30% Culminating Task – 10% + Final Exam – 20% Evaluation Policy Students will be assessed & evaluated according to the work produced & skills displayed. Methods of providing feedback will include assessing work in process & evaluating completed assignments, tests, co-operative learning activities, simulations and presentations. Peer & self-evaluations will also be utilized. Student marks will be determined by evaluating process & product according to 4 categories & 4 levels. Level Category Knowledge/Understanding Knowledge of facts & terms Understanding of concepts & relationships Thinking/Inquiry Critical thinking skills Creative thinking skills Inquiry Skills Communication Communication of ideas and information Use of symbols & visuals Oral & written communication Level 1: 50-59% Level 2: 60-69% Level 3: 70-79% Level 4: 80-100% -Limited display of knowledge, skills and ability to apply concepts -Some success in displaying knowledge, skills and application of concepts -Considerable display of knowledge skills and ability to apply concepts -Thorough understanding of concepts and ability to communicate, think creatively and apply concepts Application Applications in familiar contexts Transfer of concepts to new contexts Making logical conclusions and predictions Use of technology / Making connections Feedback will also be provided for student learning skills. Skills like working independently, team work, organization, work habits and homework, and initiative are assessed independently student achievement and will be conducted through the use of a rubric indicating specific criteria to be achieved to receive each of the following letter grades: E –Excellent G – Good Other Evaluation Issues: S – Satisfactory N - Needs Improvement LATE ASSIGNMENTS: Late Work will be accepted for up to five school days (with a penalty of Up to 10%). However, late work will not be accepted if the teacher has already returned the corrected assignment to the class. STUDENT ABSENCES: Students are responsible for the completion of assignments, notes, reading and tests that were missed during any absence. Students with verified absences (proof of reason) must write missed tests or hand in assignments on the first day back following the absence. Unaccountable absences (ie. skips, truancy) will result in a mark of zero for missed evaluations. In the case of a prolonged excusable absence, the assessment date will be established at a mutually satisfactory time. The appropriate vice principal should be notified regarding extended absences. PLAGIARISM The submission of any ‘copied’ material, either in whole or in part, will result in the student receiving a grade of 0% on the affected assignment. This position applies to text, electronic information and peer created materials.