Teaching World Religions in Public Schools: Building Religious Literacy

This course will provide teachers an opportunity to explore specific topics in world religion. 

In an era of globalization, mass media and migration, religious literacy is increasingly important in in the cultivation of global citizens. Religious literacy is the knowledge of, and ability to understand, engage, and encounter religion and philosophical beliefs from the perspective of believers. The role of educators, as public intellectuals, in teaching the academic and pluralistic study about world religions is paramount to addressing misunderstanding, stereotyping and clashes of ignorance in our multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious global village. Educators armed with the knowledge, skills and values to engage a religiously diverse world, teach and encourage their students to understand and value people of all faiths and no faith, and to work together for peace.

Topics to be addressed:

+ Frameworks for Religious Tolerance: First Amendment and UN UDHR Article 18
+ Teaching the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in World Cultures, World Geography and World History; AP World Geography & History; NCSS Religion Companion Supplement
+ Religious Traditions of India through Culture, Geography and History
+ Religious Traditions of China through Culture, Geography and History
+ Abrahamic Traditions through Culture, Geography and History
+ From Theory to Practice: Making Classroom Connections   

Learning Outcomes

+ Educators will increase knowledge, skills and best classroom practices on the First Amendment and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 18 on religious freedom and exercise to teach about religion, religious diversity, and religious pluralism as central to tolerance and democratic coexistence;
+ Educators will learn new approaches to cultural, geographical and historical knowledge of the world’s major, diverse religious traditions as outlined in the TEKS, AP course outlines, and NCSS Religion Companion Supplement with which to advance deepen content knowledge and skills;
+ Using lesson plans developed during the workshops, educators will engage their students to critically understand and appreciate different religious traditions, and to understand this diversity both as strength and as a learning opportunity to enhance students’ cultivation of shared values of humility, respect, and intellectual curiosity toward all.



Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42494 Boniuk Institute Guest Instructors On-campus 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Boniuk Institute Guest Instructors
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
START DATE: June 26, 2018

Instructor: Boniuk Institute Guest Instructors

The course is facilitated by a master teacher from the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance and consists of interactive presentations by faculty and advanced graduate students of the Rice University Department of Religion and Boniuk Institute. 

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: June 26, 2018

End Date: June 29, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $485

Early Registration: $435 until March 26

Late Registration: $535 after June 11

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) : 26

Continuing Education Units (CEU): 2.6