Here is the citizenship course that will replace the Ethics and Religious Culture course

Here is the citizenship course that will replace the ethics and religious culture course


The content of the new Culture and Citizenship of Quebec course, which will replace the controversial Ethics and Religious Culture course, is taking shape. The provisional secondary program, including Le Journalhas obtained a copy, will be tested in about twenty schools from the start of the school year.

In primary school, the work is less advanced, indicates our sources, but about thirty schools will also experiment with the new during the next school year.

A total of fifty establishments will participate in these pilot projects which will make it possible to make changes if necessary, it is explained.

Quebec aims to implement the new course in all schools in the province by the start of the 2023 school year.

This content will occupy the same place in the subject grid as the Ethics and Religious Culture course, which has drawn several criticisms over the years.

The “confidential working document”, on which The Journal was able to get its hands, is dated June 22.

Several sections remain to be completed, but the orientations of the program and several elements of content are defined.

< p>This draft version has been submitted for consultation in the school network.

Dialogue and critical thinking

As announced with great fanfare last fall, this new course aims to prepare young Quebecers to exercise their citizenship, through the practice of dialogue and the development of critical thinking, we can read.

The content is mainly articulated around three objectives, which will also be the same in elementary school: preparing for the exercise of Quebec citizenship, aiming recognition of oneself and of the other and to pursue the common good.

In secondary school, two skills must be acquired: studying a cultural reality and reflecting on an ethical question.

To achieve this, about ten themes will be addressed (see box opposite ), from secondary 1 to 5.

Sex Education

Sexuality education, which was taught via “information capsules” inserted into other subjects, will now be integrated into this new course throughout secondary school.

The content will be substantially the same, but this new framework will allow more exchanges and reflections surrounding these issues while ensuring that the content is not swept under the carpet, as is sometimes the case at present, we argue.

Digital education will also be addressed, but especially in Secondary IV, where cyberbullying and cyberaddiction may be discussed.

Religious culture

Moreover, this new course aims to present religious culture as one of the facets of identity, like many others, rather than making it a priority component as was the case in the Ethics course. and religious culture, it says.

Religions therefore take up much less space in the content than in the previous course.

A fairly warm welcome

In October, the Legault government drew a lot of criticism during the unveiling of the outline of this new course, in which a dozen ministers had been associated.

In the school network, many saw it as ” a big spectacle with an electoral flavor” and feared an “instrumentalization of education for political ends”.

A draft version of this program was recently presented to the validation committee and the consultation committee, which bring together experts and stakeholders from the school network. The content has been fairly well received, according to our information.

In the school network, however, many are concerned about the conditions for implementing this new program, written at high speed, and hope that the training will be there for teachers. 


For each theme, here are some concepts and examples of concepts  

Secondary 1 (50 hours)

Identities and belonging

  • Identity transformation (puberty, discovery of love and sexuality, sexual orientation)
  • Spaces for socialization, conformism and protest

Collective life and public space

  • Public institutions, citizenship, eco-responsibility
  • Social diversity (ethnocultural, linguistic, religious, socioeconomic and gender) 

Secondary II (50 hours)

Autonomy and interdependence

  • Freedom of choice, solidarity social, consumption
  • Amorous relationships and sexual behavior, consent and violence

Democracy and social order

  • Individual and collective rights, democratic institutions
  • Rights and responsibilities, citizen participation

< strong>Secondary 3 (no course offered) 

Secondary 4 (100 hours)

Relationships and benevolence

  • Affective and loving relationships, sexual behavior
  • Continuum of violence, egalitarian relationships< /li>
  • Digital Communication (Cyberbullying)

Justice and Law

  • Legal Institutions, Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Sexual and domestic violence
  • Legal framework for love and sexual life

Culture and symbolic productions

  • Popular cultures and mass culture
  • Alternative cultures, religious culture, cultural diversity
  • Representation of sexuality

Technologies and future challenges

  • Technology and humanity (cyberaddiction)
  • Technological innovation and artificial intelligence
  • Ecological transition

Secondary 5 (50 hours)

Search for meaning and worldviews

  • Existential philosophical questions (meaning of life and death ), sexual agency (desire and pleasure), interpersonal and romantic relationships
  • Lifetime choices, religions and spirituality

Social groups and power relations

  • Sexism, racism, colonialism, socio-economic inequalities, exploitation, violence, egalitarian practices, feminism, trade unionism,
    anti-racism, LGBTQ+ movement

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