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Religious Studies A Level at The Kingsway Academy

Course description

This A-Level examines the fundamental questions of life. For example, what do we really know? Are some beliefs more justified than others? How do we decide about moral issues, such as abortion or euthanasia? How is religion portrayed in the media? Is religion relevant in the modern world? Why should I choose this A-Level? Life is all about asking questions? Why are we here, what is important in life, why do we need religions, why do we need rules? By studying these and many other questions you will develop your intellectual skills; you will learn to argue logically and express yourself well, and you will be helped to think and decide about issues for yourself. However, if you study this you will have to be willing to be open-minded, and to question everything, including beliefs that may seem obvious. If we never challenge our own beliefs then we will not know the reasons for having them, and so will not fully understand them.

Course content

AS Units: Medical and Environmental Issues. • Whether it is wrong helping humans, who want to end their life, to die. To what extent euthanasia/animal rights is compatible with religious principles. Whether there are any moral differences between killing animals for food, for pleasure or for medical research. Religion and TV: How religious themes are Portrayed through television. A study of central religious themes as portrayed in two soap operas. An examination of religious belief and practice within episodes of The Simpsons. The teaching of religious values within religion-specific broadcasting. Religion and Community. To what extent religion is an influence in contemporary society. • Whether religious beliefs or non-religious practices, are flourishing in contemporary Britain. • Whether the future of religion in Britain lies with fundamentalism. A2 Units: The Ethics of War. To what extent are the concepts of ‘Just War’ and ‘Holy War’ applicable to modern warfare and conflict? Is the manufacture and sale of weapons ethically justifiable? Does the right of self-defence justify pre-emptive strikes? How far is participation in war compatible with religious belief? To what extent is pacifism a realistic response to modern conflict? Medical and Genetic Ethics. Evaluation of the moral issues raised by abortion, the maintenance of the life of very premature babies and persons in terminal stages of illness, The religious and non-religious debate on ‘the right to die’ Under what ethical conditions would genetic manipulation for medical, research or economic purposes be justifiable?, How far is human intervention into natural processes compatible with religion?. Kant’s Moral Theory. Does a morality that is not rooted in religious belief have any moral authority? How acceptable is it to define morality in terms of the highest good? To what extent do duty and rational thought provide an adequate basis for morality? To what extent is the Categorical Imperative as defined by Kant an adequate means of understanding which moral actions are good in themselves? How helpful is it to define moral statements as a priori synthetic and, therefore, liable to being right or wrong, true or false? Life, Death and Life After Death. Different beliefs about the nature and purpose of Life, Death and life after death

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A-C including English and Maths. GCSE RE full course at grade B or above.

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Future opportunities

Future Career options: Law, Teaching, Medicine, Journalism, Politics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kingsway Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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