At Moses Brown, tenth graders take a semester-long course in religious studies and one in 20th-century world history.
Students begin with an introduction to the academic study of religion, focusing on the five major religious traditions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. They explore the plurality of traditions within each religion, and learn from scholars, sacred texts, and practitioners about the lived experience of these religions. This course enables students to become active, skillful, and ethical participants in dialogue about religion in the classroom and home, on social media, and in other spaces of the public sphere.
In the other half of the year, students dissect the events and political forces at work from the 1930s through the Cold War. They read primary and secondary sources to confront the Holocaust and genocide, the moral ambiguity of the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Vietnam War, and independence movements in post-colonial Africa, Afghanistan, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They will consider the way groups of people support or suppress one another’s rights, and how Quaker values inform their belief about valid and invalid systems of government.Inquire