Since the beginning of the academic year 2016-2017, the new subject « Vie et société » (life and society) replaces religious and moral education and moral and social education in all classes of classical secondary education and general secondary education, including the pre-vocational classes. It was introduced in primary education in the academic year 2017-2018.
The objective is to progressively lead young people to confront their experiences and their quest for meaning with the more general questions of humanity and society. By addressing the answers given by various philosophical and ethical currents, as well as the great religious and cultural traditions, sciences, literature, it offers young people ways of reflection to develop their own points of reference, to respect those of others and adopt a critical approach.
The subject "life and society" revolves around six major learning fields related to living together in society: 1. Me; 2. Me and the others; 3. Lifestyles, world and society; 4. Human being, nature and technology; 5. Culture and communication; 6. Major issues of life. For each lesson, learning fields are subdivided into topics (Themenfelder), that are adapted to the age and the interests of students.