Topic 4 Religious Attitudes to Crime and Punishment Within this topic candidates should be aware of religious beliefs and teachings concerning human nature, wrong-doing and the punishment of offenders, and repentance and forgiveness. They should be aware of the implications of these beliefs and teachings in relation to:
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an understanding of the religious beliefs about law and order; concepts of right and wrong, conscience, duty and responsibility; the debate about the causes of crime including social, environmental and psychological explanations; the different types of crimes, including against the person, property and the state and religious offences; the aims of punishment, defined as protection, retribution, deterrence, reformation, vindication and reparation; the appropriateness of different forms of
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punishment in achieving the aims of punishment, including: the handling of young offenders, the effects of imprisonment, the meaning and implications of life imprisonment, issues arising out of parole and early release, the debate about the death penalty (capital punishment); alternatives to prison, including electronic tagging, probation, fines and community service and the debate about prison reform. Topic 5 Religious Attitudes
What does it mean to be British? Sunday, November 27, 2011
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To be able to consider what it means to be British. To be able to identify aspects of British culture and British values. To understand how Christianity and the Bible has influenced our society.
Starter • BBC NEWS | Scotland | Repeat young offenders 'on rise‘ • Collect student thoughts.
Activation and Demonstration
Write down or draw all the things that come to mind when you think of the word British
Think about; What challenges does multiculturalism present for our ideas about Britishness?
What are British values? • Law and order
Activation : In pairs look at the following laws and rules from the pastâ€Ś decide which are true and which are false? Crimes and punishments of the pastâ€Ś
30 years ago murderers could be killed by hanging in Britain In 1450 the death penalty was used to punish serious offences such as murder and arson. In 1815 you could be hanged for stealing goods worth 5 shillings (25p) The most common crime in the Middle Ages was murder 25 years ago teachers were allowed to punish pupils by hitting them with a cane 50 years ago it was a crime to swear in a church Between 1450 and 1750 it was a crime to practice witchcraft, which was punishable by death.
What are the 10 commandments and which are still relevant today? Commandments You shall have no other gods before me You shall not make for yourself an idol You shall not misuse the Lordâ€™s name Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy
Honor your father and mother You shall not murder You shall not commit adultery You shall not steal You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour You shall not covet your neighbour's house
Modern day example
Discussion and links with A level ethics 1. Your task is to design an 11th commandment which ‘God forgot’ for the 21st Century. Speculate and write down at least one rule you could add now to the 10 commandments. 2. Jesus said the greatest commandment was ‘to love one another’. This is often called The Great Commandment and some Christians believe it should override all other rules. Do you agree? Should we always do the most loving thing? Give one example where it might not be right to do the most loving thing.
Plenary: How have British values changed and are we in moral decline? Is society getting better arguments for or worse, arguments against? Arguments for
Homework: 1. Choose and stick in to your books an internet article that demonstrates. a) Society and morality is getting better b) Society and morality is getter worse. 2. Give your view of at least 5+ lines on the situation about morals in Britain today. Do you think they are improving among the younger generation?