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RGS Worcester

Into The Sixth 2013

Religious Studies Philosophy and ethics Introduction This course combines a study of Philosophy and Ethics and using the principles of critical thinking gives insight into human nature and aspiration. It develops understanding and challenges you to think systematically and logically. An AS or full A Level course in Philosophy and Ethics will equip you with a set of transferable skills which can be applied successfully to other academic subjects at degree level. Entry Requirements A lively and investigative interest in the reasons for the way we think and act is vital for success in this subject. A grade B at RS GCSE or English Language is desirable. Outline of AS Specifications Module 1: Ethics (50 % of AS) 1. Utilitarianism. A system of ethics based on the principle of doing the greatest good for the greatest number 2. Situation Ethics places the emphasis on making moral decisions rather than following rules 3. Abortion, Euthanasia and Embryology Module 2: Philosophy 1. The Cosmological argument 2. Psychology and religion 3. Atheism and postmodernism

(50% of AS)

Outline of A2 Specifications Module 3: Studies in Ethics 1. How free are human actions and choices? 2. Virtue Ethics. A system based on the development of character 3. Ethical issues arising from Science and Technology

(50% of A2)

Module 4: Moral Decision-Making (50% of A2) 1. Considering which ethical system is the most suitable for making moral decisions in the 21st century. 2. Application of ethical systems to issues arising from medical research and developments


Into the Sixth  
Into the Sixth