OVERVIEW This course incorporates a variety of academic disciplines and is available to all. It offers variety and rigour, and requires the pupils to play an active role through discussion and enquiry. It is challenging and will make every pupil question long held ideas and look at how we make moral decisions in life. Whilst not an A Level in Philosophy, two thirds of the course is philosophically based and so it will provide a good introduction to philosophy for those interested in that subject. THE A LEVEL COURSE There are three components to the syllabus:
Religion and Ethics Philosophy of Religion Study of a Religion 1. Religion and Ethics: Pupils look at what it means to say something is ethical or moral. They consider what it means to call ethical theory absolutist, objective, relativist and subjectivist. This leads to the two main ways of categorising ethical theory; deontological and teleological. Several ethical theories are studied: • Natural Law; Situation Ethics; Utilitarianism; Religious Ethics; Kantian Ethics and Libertarianism. Pupils apply these theories to the following ethical topics: • Abortion; Euthanasia; War and Peace; and Genetic Engineering. 2. Philosophy of Religion: Pupils will have the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental philosophical themes ranging from arguments for the existence of God to the use of religious language. This is broken down into four themes: • Cosmological, Teleological and Ontological arguments for the existence of God • Challenges religious belief about evil and suffering. Philosophers such as Freud, Jung and Epicurus are studied. • Religious experience, including arguments surrounding near death experiences. • Religious language and the problems associated with the use of language, referring to scholars such as Wittgenstein and Phillips.
3. A Study of Religion: Pupils will study Christianity under the following themes: • Religious figures and sacred texts • Religious Concepts and religious life • Significant and historical developments in religious thought • Christian practices that shape religious identity. The same themes are studied in both the L6 and U6 years, but the work in the U6 year goes into much greater depth and with different aspects considered. The three components are equally weighted. Assessment Method: written examinations ENTRY / APTITUDE REQUIREMENTS Required GCSE subject: English at grade 6 or better. It is not necessary to have RS at GCSE. An interest in ethics, philosophy, development of ideas and an enquiring mind are essential. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION University course admission: A recognised essay-based academic A Level. Career information: Pupils have gone on to be teachers, lawyers, doctors, scientists, actors, and police officers. Exam Board: Eduqas Specification Name: Religious Studies
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