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Religious Studies


Graduation Requirements: 40 Credits

  1. Religious Studies 1 (10 Credits)
  2. Religious Studies 2 (10 Credits)
  3. Religious Studies 3 (10 Credits)
  4. Senior Religious Studies (10 Credits)* One semester of a Capstone Course (either Senior Synthesis or Spiritual Journey) and One semester of an Elective (World Religions, Introduction to Philosophy or Christian Service)

Please note: The abbreviations P, H and AP are all U.C. approved courses
P = UC/CSU approved; H = Honors; AP = Advanced Placement


 

Courses

Religious Studies I-Foundations of Catholic Christianity

Religious Studies I-Foundations of Catholic Christianity

REGISTRATION CODE: R102
STATUS:
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 9th grade

This course introduces the freshman student to De La Salle High School, the history and tradition of the Christian Brothers, and the student’s membership and participation in the Lasallian heritage. This course assists freshmen in arriving at a clearer focus about themselves and their faith. They will be asked to consider more mature and thoughtful approaches to issues concerning their own growth, questions about God, and human destiny, as well as personal and social responsibility. Particular emphasis will be placed on the sacraments of the Catholic Church, the liturgical and prayer life of the Catholic Church, the foundational teachings of the Church, as well as the background of how the Church came to be.  By the end of this course all freshman students should be fully acclimated into the Lasallian Catholic tradition of De La Salle High School.  

Religious Studies II

Religious Studies II

REGISTRATION CODE: R202
STATUS:
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 10th grade

Students will undertake a detailed study of the origin, purpose and meaning of all New Testament literature with a particular focus on the historical Jesus, the Christ of Faith, the synoptic gospels, and the life and letters of Saint Paul. In addition to this, sophomores will participate in an immersion program that will focus on issues of homelessness, poverty and social justice. They will study the relationship between the Gospel call to social justice and society’s response. Finally sophomores will learn the Christian values of reverence and respect. They will be encouraged to practice these values in their daily lives.

Religious Studies III / Symbols & Ethics

Religious Studies III / Symbols & Ethics

REGISTRATION CODE: R301
STATUS:
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS and CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 11th grade

This course invites students to explore their relationships with God, themselves and others in light of the seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church and the Church’s teaching in the areas of morality and social justice. Students will consider the symbolic, ritual and historical elements of the Sacraments and will also be challanged to see themselves, others and their environment as sacraments. This will be followed by a consideration of the personal and social dynamics that go into morality and ethical decision making in light of Church teaching. The issues of justice, particularly social justice, will be studied, and a process for Christian moral decision making will be learned and applied to contemporary issues of morality and justice.

Christian Service

Christian Service

REGISTRATION CODE: R406
STATUS:
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: Application, 11th grade Religion Teacher
recommendation, and interview
LEVEL: 12th grade

The Christian Service course is a seminar-style course where students will be guided through the process of compiling an individual senior service project. Students will research an issue of their choice related to Catholic Social Thought, perform direct service in the community related to to this issue, offer a proposal based on their research and service experience to address their chosen issue, and present their findings to a panel of teachers and students for review. Students will further be instructed on the different levels of service, structural analysis, Catholic Social Thought, and advocacy for justice.

INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY - P

Introduction to Philosophy - P

REGISTRATION CODE: R410
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS & CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

In this course, students will become familiar with major thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Aquinas, Locke, and Kant and such philosophical positions as Rationalism, Empiricism, and Determinism through a systematic study of four areas of philosophical investigation. These four areas include: consideration of our human nature, epistemology, philosophy of God, and the mind-body connection. Its focus will be on increasing the ability of students to read for comprehension and understanding, think critically, and communicate effectively through both the spoken and written word. Students will analyze the wisdom found from philosophical thought, both classic and contemporary, with the intention of considering their effect on their everyday lives and lived faith.

Spiritual Journey

Spiritual Journey

REGISTRATION CODE: R402
STATUS:
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS and CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

This course invites students to reflect on how they encounter the divine in their lives by reading, analyzing, and discussing the spiritual journeys of others. The accumulated wisdom and spiritual teachings of the men and women of many religious traditions who have gone before us can serve as guides for our own personal spiritual journey. Journal-type reflection questions will assist each student to concretely identify his/her options for a lived spirituality.

Senior Synthesis

Senior Synthesis

REGISTRATION CODE: R403
STATUS: Pending
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12 grade

Senior Synthesis is a discussion based, single-sex course only offered to De La Salle students that seeks to address the spiritual, personal and social issues confronting the student who will be graduating. This course challenges the senior to integrate all that he has learned in his previous religious studies classes with his lived experience. The focus of all the units in this course will be an exploration and response to the following questions: How is the presence of God experienced in the student's life? How does the unit inform, support and challenge the student's relationship with God, himself and others? This course culminates with a final project that synthesizes their experience and is presented to the class.


World Religions - P

World Religions - P

REGISTRATION CODE: R401
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS and CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

World Religions is an introduction to the comparative study of the great religious traditions of the world. Religion is a way humankind has responded over the centuries to the mystery of God and living a life with meaning and purpose. This course will examine the major religions of the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam and others. Topics related to the earliest forms of religious expression and religion’s role in the modern world will be explored.

 

Gospels in Action

Gospels in Action - Blended

REGISTRATION CODE: R501b
STATUS: N/A
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: None (a current TB/immunization record may be required)
LEVEL: 12 grade

Gospels in Action - blended empowers motivated seniors to explore how Gospel values can inform and lead action to bring about a more just world. This class will meet two days a week in the classroom to inquire and analyze social justice issues in today's world through the lens of Catholic Social teaching. These topics will address, but are not limited to, the social justice issues that affect student service sites and the populations served by these sites. Course readings will focus on current research, church documents, and academic articles. Students will write reflective essays and research the connections between Catholic Social Teachings, the Gospel message of Jesus, and the lived experience of service and the people met through this service learning. Class time will also be used to reflect on the service being performed. The other two days students will be in the community serving at local sites and completing research or pursuing learning opportunities pertaining to the community serviced. The sites can be one that a student is currently volunteering for or will be assigned to them. Students will complete at leas 40 hours of service within the semester.

It is helpful, but not required, that a student enrolled in Gospels in Action have regular access to a car. If a student plans on driving, they need an unrestricted driver's license and a copy of the auto insurance declaration policy.


Social Advocacy

Social Advocacy

REGISTRATION CODE: R501sa
STATUS:
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS:  CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

Note: Some sites may also require a current TB test and immunization record.

Social Advocacy empowers motivated seniors to explore how Gospel values can inform and lead action to bring about a more just world. Students enrolled in this class will focus on a social justice issue, investigate the cultural, economic, political, and social structures and forces at play, and develop real world solutions. This class will guide students in how to transform a passion for justice, love and care for the “dear neighbor" to developing initiatives working towards a solution. In the process of developing solutions, students possible learning activities may include: research, interview or perhaps shadow subject matter experts, participate in service immersions, and visit pertinent sites. The final assessment will include a presentation of the research and student solution (which may take the form of a written grant, public policy, non-profit proposal, etc.).