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Ethics and Religious Culture

Introduction

This document is complementary to the program and is designed to help teachers plan their teaching. It provides additional information on the knowledge students must acquire and use in Cycles One and Two in order to develop the program’s three competencies and meet its objectives: the recognition of others and the pursuit of the common good. It is divided into three sections corresponding to the program’s three competencies. Each section is preceded by a short text that provides an overview of the learning to be acquired and focuses on the main orientations of the program.

Based on what they have learned at the elementary level, secondary students continue to develop the competencies Reflects on ethical questions, Demonstrates an understanding of the phenomenon of religion and Engages in dialogue. In ethics, the prescribed themes help students to further their reflection on the meaning of conduct and on the values and norms that the members of a given society or group adopt in order to guide or regulate their actions. Similarly, the prescribed themes in religious culture help students to better understand the main elements that make up religious traditions. Finally, the learning initiated at the elementary level regarding the practice of dialogue continues at the secondary level. It allows students to master the various forms of dialogue, to choose the conditions that foster dialogue and to acquire the means to develop and examine a point of view.

The students progressively construct their understanding of the program concepts by dealing with increasingly complex content. In this way, over the years, students gradually acquire the concepts related to the ethics component of the program, such as value, norm, reference or ethical question. As for the religious culture component, by exploring various forms of religious expression in their cultural and social environment, students construct their understanding of this concept.

It is important to remember that it is through the practice of dialogue that the Ethics and Religious Culture program aims to form citizens who are able to reflect on ethical questions and understand the phenomenon of religion in a spirit of openness.