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Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Brimsham Green School

Course description

This is an exciting and engaging course that allows students to explore individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. The course is primarily concerned with topics key to human existence and is equally compelling for those coming from an agnostic, atheist or faith background. All of the units address topics such as the human quest for meaning, truth and ultimate values.

This course requires students to critically analyse formation and debate outcomes. The course gives you opportunities to study relationships between religion and culture: consider moral values and attitudes of individuals, faith communities and contemporary society: develop your responding skills on matters concerning values, attitudes and actions; develop your ability to make responsible judgements on significant moral teachings and religious issues.

We study Contemporary Society in Year 12 and 13, where we look at two areas of Medical and Environmental Ethics, Religion and Broadcasting (TV in Year 12, film in Yr13), Religion and the Community, which includes changes to religion in Britain and finally Religion and The Individual covering influences from Freud, Jung and Maslow. The Second topic covered in Year 12 is Ethics, where we study Natural Law, Situation Ethics, Utilitarianism and Sexual Ethics. In Year 13 students also study Religion and Human Experience for a synoptic examination, where they bring all of their knowledge and understanding from the various different topics together.

Course content

This is an exciting and engaging course that allows students to explore individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. The course is primarily concerned with topics key to human existence and is equally compelling for those coming from an agnostic, atheist or faith background. All of the units address topics such as the human quest for meaning, truth and ultimate values.

In paper one we study many different topics including life after death, science, the role of religion, evil and suffering, religious experience, religious language, miracles and the function of religion. In paper two we look at how religion impacts on a person’s life. The topics we study include identity, ethical theories, free will and conscience.

The course is based around developing our own opinions but also drawing on The opinions of famous scholars. You will develop your skills of empathy, research, evaluation, analysis and communication.

Assessment

You will sit two exams, each three hours long and worth 50% each.

Further information

Success in RS gives access to a range of careers and higher education opportunities. The transferable skills it provides (such as empathy, research, interpretation of data, evaluation and communication) are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities.

They could lead to careers in law, health, management, business, the media, social work, education and politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brimsham Green School directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2016

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