World Religions-High School

Course Description:

Throughout the ages, religions from around the world have shaped the political, social, and cultural aspects of societies. This course focuses on the major religions that have played a role in human history, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shintoism, and Taoism. Students will trace the major developments in these religions and explore their relationships with social institutions and culture. The course will also discuss some of the similarities and differences among the major religions and examine the connections and influences they have.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): World Religions-High School
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Western Religions
Course Provider : Genesee ISD
Content Provided By : Fuel Education LLC (formerly Aventa Learning)
Online Instructor Provided By : Fuel Education LLC (formerly Aventa Learning)
Standards Addressed : AP
Academic Terms : Open Entry / Open Exit
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : Religious Education and Theology
Course Identifier : Western Religions
Course Level : (G) General or Regular
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website : https://www.gennet.us
Email : [email protected]
Phone : 810-591-4401

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Additional Course Information:

Analyze different definitions of the word “religion”.
• Consider how different groups of people approach religion.
• Identify characteristics that all religions have in common.
• Discover ways in which religion affects culture and artistic expression.
• Recognize the role religion plays in politics, diplomacy and social policy.
• Understand Hinduism’s ancient origins.
• Discuss several denominations of Hinduism.
• Identify the four objectives of Hinduism and the four paths to God.
• Name important Hindu texts and rituals.
• Recognize the influence of Hinduism on South Asian culture.
• Discuss the historical and religious figure of the Great Buddha.
• Understand the Buddha’s basic teachings.
• Describe some of the basic developments that have occurred in Buddhism since the time of the Buddha.
• Identify the two primary divisions of Buddhism.
• Recognize the influence of Buddhism on different world cultures.
• Identify the origins of Judaism.
• Briefly summarize the 3500 year history of the Jewish people.
• Understand how Jewish monotheism spread throughout the world.
• Distinguish among the major divisions of modern Judaism.
• Understand the beliefs and practices of modern day Jews.
• Learn about Jesus of Nazareth and other key figures in the origin of Christianity.
• Understand the basic teachings of Jesus.
• Map the spread of the Christian faith throughout Europe and the world.
• Distinguish between Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism.
• Identify Christian influences in world art and culture.
• Identify the origins of Islam.
• Learn about the life of the prophet Mohammad.
• Map the spread of Islam throughout the world.
• Distinguish among the major divisions of modern-day Islam.
• Gain an understanding of the role of Islam in current affairs.
• Understand the world in which Confucius lived.
• Outline the basics principles of Confucian thought.
• Become familiar with developments in Confucian thought that came after Confucius’ lifetime.
• Identify components of Confucianism that cause it to be classified (by some) as a religion rather than merely a philosophy.
• Recognize the influence of Confucian thought in Chinese culture.
• Understand the ancient origins of Shinto.
• Identify the basic Shinto beliefs and rituals.
• Follow the development of Shinto traditions over time.
• Gain an understanding of how Shinto is practiced alongside Buddhism and other religions.
• Recognize the influence of Shinto in modern Japanese culture.
• Examine the ancient origins of Taoism.
• Identify the historic/religions figure of Lao Tzu.
• Understand the basic principles of Taoist thought.
• Have a basic understanding of the rituals and customs common to Taoist practice.
• Recognize the influence of Taoism in the cultures of China and other Asian countries.
• Define challenges to religion that are presented by the modern world.
• Identify the role of religion on global politics and social policies.
• Recognize reasons why religious tolerance is more important than ever.
• Learn about the Interfaith Movement.
• Theorize about the future of religious practice.

INACOL Online Course Quality Standards

Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Partially Met
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Fully Met
Instructional and Audience Analysis Rating Comments
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met
Course, Unit and Lesson Design Rating Comments
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Fully Met
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met
Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Fully Met
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Fully Met
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Fully Met
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Fully Met
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Partially Met
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met
Accessing Course Effectiveness Rating Comments
The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met
The course is evaluated using a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness and the findings used as a basis for improvement. Fully Met
Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met

Review Conducted By : Fuel Education LLC (formerly Aventa Learning)
Date of Review : 07/04/2014

Unit 1: The Study of World Religions
Unit 2: Hinduism
Unit 3: Buddhism
Unit 4: Judaism
Unit 5: Christianity
World Religions Midterm Exam
Unit 6: Islam
Unit 7: Confucianism
Unit 8: Shintoism
Unit 9: Taoism
Unit 10: Religion in the 21st Century
World Religions Final Exam

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2019 12/31/2019 100 $270.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Courses dropped within 2 weeks of enrollment will receive 100% refund Enrollments earning 60% or more of the total course points are considered course completions and will be charged the final 20% payment. Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2019 12/31/2019

Students can contact their online instructor as needed. Online instructors have posted office hours, and provide contact information.

School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
13-14 14 11 78.6% Enrollment data include all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the Spring and Summer 2013-14 school year.
14-15 14 14 100.0%