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RST-432 Faith Development of Children and Adolescents

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course explores the development of religious and spiritual understanding in the lives of children until they reach young adulthood.  We will examine various ways that parents, teachers, and others can engage in meaningful conversation or teaching with children about matters of faith.  While the course focuses on Christian religious tradition, individuals may consider other faith traditions in the required research.  The course fulfills the general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies.  [3 credits]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  1. Examine the stages of human development and the interface with faith development in children and adolescents
  2. Recognize the development in one’s own journey of faith
  3. Explore methods for having conversations/teaching children and adolescents about dimensions of faith and religion
  4. Recognize and analyze theories of faith development

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Readings and outside class assignments
  2. Four reflection/integration papers
  3. Final project involving research and the application to the education of children and adolescent

REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK(S) OR MATERIALS:

Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

  • Assignments and/or chapter(s) being discussed on the first day of class are indicated in the course syllabus found on the Joule course site and require reading/completion prior to coming to class.