SUMMER WORLD RELIGIONS
This course is a full year social science credit examining the major religious traditions of the world. In the first half, students explore the history and beliefs of the major religions of the world today – Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judeo-Christianity, – before examining the intersection of cultural, political, and socio-economic forces that influence and are influenced by faith traditions. With this foundation, in the second half students take deep dives independently and collaboratively into faith practices of their choosing, such as New Age Religions, Paganism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, or the beliefs of indigenous peoples of Africa, the Americas, or Australia. Students demonstrate understanding through critical analysis, research papers, and alternative assessments.
Summer courses are for-credit opportunities for ambitious students to get a jump on the next academic year. Students participating in these courses should plan to devote 25-30 hours per week for eight weeks to their course. Students will receive grades and comments in these classes, which are the equivalent of year-long, high-school level courses. Because of the pacing and intensity of for-credit summer courses, there is little flexibility; students must be available and have internet access for all eight weeks of the course.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of high school history or permission from the administration