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Philosophy and Ethics at Ribston Hall High School

Course description

This is a fascinating subject that helps students to understand a range of areas in philosophy and ethics. Students learn to investigate; to think rigorously; analyse written material, and to communicate ideas accurately; and concisely. They also learn to defend their ideas vigorously in discussion and justify their opinions and to relate their learning to the wider world.

Course content

Philosophy and religion
The approach of philosophy to the study of religion and belief. • Arguments for the existence of God - Design, Ontological, and Cosmological. • Evil and suffering. • Religious language. • Religious experience • Miracles. • Self, death and the afterlife. • The challenge of science. • The challenge of secularism. • The nature and function of religion. • Now Christian sources of wisdom and authority are used and interpreted. • An exploration of differing Christian beliefs about God, the relationship between God and the world, and their value today.

Ethical theories
Deontological and Teleological theories. Virtue ethics. Christian religious identity - faith, denominational diversity, expressions of belief in lifestyle worship and moral conduct Issues of human life and death - Embryo research; cloning; 'designer babies. Abortion. Voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide. Capital punishment. Equality; Racial, Disability; organs for transplants to those who have abused their bodies through drink drugs or obesity; theft; truth telling and lying Christianity and sexual identity • Marriage, divorce and adultery; celibacy/virginity• homosexuality. Christian feminism. Animal Rights: Use of ani mats as food; intensive farming Conscience with reference to: telling lies and breaking promises and adultery

Entry requirements

Grade B or above



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ribston Hall High School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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