Religious Studies Department St. Augustine Catholic Secondary School Course Code: HRE 4O1Course Name: Church and Culture Level: Open Instructor: Period: Room Number: Course Overview: This course assists students in their development of the skills and knowledge necessary to live lives of full maturity. Within the Catholic faith tradition, it is believed that this growth towards human maturity is best served when students are able to define themselves authentically in relation to God, to other people and their world. 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: Reflect on the message and importance of Scriptures in making moral and ethical decisions Explain how Scriptures can be used to analyse and critique personal and social situations II. Profession of Faith: Understand the role of the Church in moral and ethical formation Examine the contributions of the Catholic Church to the dialogue around various social justice issues III. Christian Moral Development: Evaluate contemporary ethical and moral issues in light of the Church’s moral teaching Define the Catholic understanding of sin and reconciliation, both social and individual, and explore the impact of sin on the human condition IV. Prayer and Sacramental Life: Understand the broad meaning of the term vocation as an adoption of stance before all forms of work as service to God and for others Use various forms of prayer and ritual to express the spiritual implications of adopting a moral and ethical stance Efforts will be made to meet the individual lea V. ensure Family Life to these expectations are being met. Apply related Church teaching to values and practices that undermine the sacredness of life V. Family Life Education: recognize and explore the meaning of integrity and belonging in human life Course Breakdown Resources: Unit 1: The Christian Person Unit 2: Christian Mission Unit 3: Christian Morality The textbook, Creating a Christian Lifestyle, 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 $21.00. Evaluation Structure:: Unit 4: Christian Community Unit 5: Christian Relationships 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 – 15% + Final Exam – 15% 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.