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Course Syllabus: Wicca 101


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Course Description


Wicca is a word that comes with a lot of baggage.  Many people fear Wiccans or Witches, folklore tells us that Witches of any breed should be shunned or feared because they will do bad things to you. This may be the case for a few vindictive individuals and their misguided ideals but it is not the norm. A growing number of people in contemporary society have started looking toward Paganism in general and Wicca specifically as a way to reconnect with nature and religion in a more spiritual and less dogmatic way.  Wicca is a rich religion in this vein that is focused on understanding and living simply within nature, taking a positive approach to life and being a positive example for others.

With that understanding in mind, this course is meant to give you a beginning overview of the Wiccan faith.  We will outline all the major aspects of Wicca that are spread throughout its traditions as well as try to correct some of the misconceptions that are common in the popular understanding of Wicca and Witches. Here you will learn about what drives the faith, what its philosophy is, and we will also illustrate what its practices are from holidays, to concepts of afterlife, to basic rules. While this course isn't meant to be inclusive of the entire religion and its different paths, it will show you the largest groups and provide books and linked resources throughout so you can find more information should you choose to explore this religion more deeply.

Course Requirements

Anyone who's interested in learning about this spiritual path is welcome to enroll in this class. This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Course Topics Include:
 
  • The History of Wicca
  •  The Paths of Wicca: to Initiate or Not Initiate Part One of Two
  • To Initiate or Not Initiate Part Two of Two
  • Understanding The Faith: The Gods, The Rede and Tenets
  • The Wheel of the Year and The Moon
  • The Tools of Wicca
  • The Elements
  • Casting a Circle
  • Spellcraft and its Place in Wicca
  • Correspondences and Review

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a written assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.
A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the history of wicca.
  • Describe the paths of wicca.
  • Describe the faith behind wicca.
  • Describe the wheel of the year and the moon.
  • Describe the tools of wicca.
  • Know the elements.
  • Describe casting a circle.
  • Know spellcraft and its place in wicca, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Lesson One: Introductory Overview10
Lesson Two: The History of Wicca10
Lesson Three: The Paths of Wicca: to Initiate or Not Initiate Part One of Two9
Lesson Four: To Initiate or Not Initiate Part Two of Two10
Lesson Five: Understanding The Faith: The Gods, The Rede and Tenets8
Lesson Six: The Wheel of the Year and The Moon8
Lesson Seven: The Tools of Wicca10
Lesson Eight: The Elements9
Lesson Nine: Casting a Circle10
Lesson Ten: Spellcraft and its Place in Wicca10
Lesson Eleven: Correspondences and Review10
The Final Exam49
Total Points:153
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