Curriculum: 6th Form

6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 12 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1Philosophy of Religion   
Topics include: Arguments for the existence of God: The Teleological argument Presentation: Paley’s analogical argument. Criticisms: Hume. The Ontological argument Presentation: Anselm’s a priori argument. Criticisms: Gaunilo and Kant. The Cosmological argument Presentation: Aquinas' Way 3. The argument from contingency and necessity. Criticisms: Hume and Russell. Evil and suffering The problem of evil and suffering. The concepts of natural and moral evil. The logical and evidential problem of evil. Responses to the problem of evil and suffering. Hick’s soul making theodicy. The free will defence. Process theodicy as presented by Griffin. The strengths and weaknesses of each response. Religious experience The nature of religious experience. Visions: corporeal, imaginative and intellectual. Numinous experiences: Otto, an apprehension of the wholly other. Mystical experiences: William James; non sensuous and non-intellectual union with the divine as presented by William Stace
Assessment: Exam styles questions: Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of religion and belief and their ability to analyse and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence and study. Students will answer a 10 and 15 mark question. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Ethics and Religion   
Topics include: Normative ethical theories Deontological: natural moral law and the principle of double effect with reference to Aquinas; proportionalism. Teleological: situation ethics with reference to Fletcher. Character based: virtue ethics with reference to Aristotle. The differing approaches taken to moral decision making by these ethical theories. Their application to the issues of theft and lying. The strengths and weaknesses of these ways of making moral decisions.
Assessment: Exam styles questions: Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of religion and belief and their ability to analyse and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence and study. Students will answer two 10 and 15 mark questions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Ethics and Religion   
Issues of human life and death: embryo research; cloning; ‘designer’ babies abortion voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide capital punishment. Issues of non-human life and death: use of animals as food; intensive farming use of animals in scientific procedures; cloning blood sports animals as a source of organs for transplants.
Assessment: Exam styles questions: Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of religion and belief and their ability to analyse and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence and study. Students will answer a 10 and 15 mark question.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Study of Christianity  
Students will study the following with reference to Christianity: • Sources of wisdom and authority • God/gods/ultimate reality • Self, death and the afterlife • Good conduct and key moral principles • Expression of religious identity
Assessment: Exam styles questions: Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of religion and belief and their ability to analyse and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence and study. Students will answer a 25 mark question.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Study of Christianity   
Students will study the following with reference to Christianity: • Sources of wisdom and authority • God/gods/ultimate reality • Self, death and the afterlife • Good conduct and key moral principles • Expression of religious identity
Assessment: Exam styles questions: Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of religion and belief and their ability to analyse and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence and study. Students will answer a 25 mark question.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Revision, Consolidation & Assessments
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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