This course is a full-year credit social science course 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, students take deep dives independently and collaboratively into faith practices of their choosing in the second half of the course, 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.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
“I have really enjoyed the freedom we get to express ourselves. I love that we can take a medium of our choice and something we are passionate about to show what we learn in the course. It has made me push myself in the areas I am interested in, like creative writing, while also pushing my knowledge of world religions.”
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Learning is an active process at One Schoolhouse. Students design, create and apply. And, they engage with classmates and connect with their teachers through discussions, video conferences, and projects. Specifically, in this class students will:
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Examples of signature activities and projects for this course are:
This course is approved by: the NCAA and the University of California.
One Schoolhouse is fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through December 1, 2025; we are an approved online publisher for the University of California.
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