About Understanding Catholicism
In this course, students will gain an understanding of the basic tenets of the Catholic faith. Accessible and engaging, Understanding Catholicism enables students, no matter their faith of origin, to understand the beauty and divine mystery of what it means to be Catholic. Weaving in the Trinity, God’s relationship to us, the call of the Catholic Christian in the world, the Sacraments, as well as Christian Morality, every student in this course will come away with an in-depth understanding of what it is to be a Catholic and how to view the world through a faith-based lens.
Made for the way Generation Z learns: In an increasingly connected world, Saint Mary’s Press’ eLearning platform is designed for the way your students learn best:
- Discovery: The course structure and content allows students to get into topics and discover answers for themselves.
- Conversation: Theological content is woven into student questions, comments, and discussions.
Understanding Catholicism is a responsive curriculum, mediated by the wisdom and knowledge of the instructor.
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Rich Content with Solid Theology
Understanding Catholicism engages students by teaching as Jesus taught: with storytelling, conversation, and relevant application. Imagine students encountering core faith topics such as the Paschal Mystery and the Sacraments in a way that connects with their lived experience.
With varied storytelling types used in Understanding Catholicism, one powerful real-life scenario that students will explore is Father Greg Boyle’s inspiring ministry journey with Homeboy Industries. Through Fr. Greg Boyle’s story and others, students will learn from real situations and the beauty of the Catholic faith expressed in Scripture, Tradition, the Catechism, and Church documents.
- Case Studies
- Real-life Scenarios
- Educational Video Clips
- Encounters with Biblical Characters
Students get to know their classmates in activities like “Family Saying.” Students discuss a family term or saying, explaining the history, and converting the phrase into scripture. This personal and humorous, pairing & sharing, lets students engage with each other safely while understanding more about themselves within the Catholic community.
Activities consist of:
- Online Polls & Opportunities for Individual Responses
- Dynamic Classroom Discussions
- Student-Centered Projects
In Understanding Catholicism, projects abound that allow students to apply knowledge gained from the course. Above is one project–a “Coat of Arms Oral Presentation Checklist,” where students are asked to create coats of arms for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, then present to the class.
Applied learning categories:
- Summative Assessment Projects & Tests
- Reflections on Students’ Role in a Global Community
- Observations of Role Models for Language & Action
Interested in a Mini-Version About Catholicism?
Our course Catholicism 101 is a shorten overview based on Understanding Catholicism. To learn more about this course, please go to Catholicism 101 course page.
Learning Styles & Personality Types
A combination of individual and group sharing has been designed within the Understanding Catholicism course because our experienced instructional designer understand what helps students of all different learning styles and personality types to engage more comfortably. Our digital platform welcomes a deeper and more honest sharing, by removing the sense of social pressure and judgment. To learn more, go to the experience page.
Understanding Catholicism Course Platform
We have designed our eLearning platform to place all the tools you will need right at your fingertips. The simplicity of the program makes room for higher-quality interactions with the curriculum and your classroom. To discover more about platform features and tools, go to the classroom page.