In this required ninth grade semester-long course, students are introduced to the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Topics include the history and beliefs of each tradition, worship and ritual, festivals, sacred scriptures, and rites of passage. Students use factual information to engage in personal reflection on spiritual, ethical, and religious questions. The course develops the skills of synthesizing information and concepts, comparing different worldviews, working collaboratively, writing reflectively and critically, and applying information within different contexts. The course employs a variety of pedagogical methods including class discussion, lecture, informational and instructional videos, reading, reflective writing, in-class presentations, and small-group research projects.
Open to: Freshmen