Philosophy and Ethics

 

Examining board: OCR

Philosophy and Ethics is a tradition in which people have tried to make sense of the world through the use of their reason, rather than through experimentation or through asking another authority for answers. It involves questioning the concepts we use to understand the world, and asking ourselves what we really mean when we use particular words or ideas. It also includes the consideration of whether it makes sense to hold particular beliefs and opinions, analysing the reasoning behind them and asking whether they are coherent.

Course Content and Assessment

The course followed is designed to develop an interest and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of Religious Philosophy and Religious Ethics. The study of the philosophy of religion develops an inquiring mind and the ability to analyse a point of view and develop a reasoned argument, and the ability to reach a logical and justified conclusion. The study of religious ethics develops an understanding of the bases of morality and ethics and consider a variety of responses to ethical issues.

AS Units

TypeUnit Area of Study Assessment Mark
AS Philosophy Unit 1

The influences of Plato and Aristotle on religious philosophy.

The Judeo-Christian influences on religious philosophy.

Traditional arguments for the existence of God

The problem of evil

The challenges of psychology and sociology on religious belief.

1½ hours written paper, 2 essay questions 

 

 

 

 

 

50% of AS Philosophy

AS Ethics


Kant and the Categorical Imperative

Utilitarianism

Concepts of absolute and relative morality.

Medical ethics :abortion, euthanasia, IVF

Religious responses to ethical theories.

1½ hours written paper, 2 essay questions

50% of AS Ethics 

 

A2 Units

TypeUnit Area of Study Assessment Mark
A2 Philosophy

Distinction between body and soul

Views on life after death.

Different forms of religious experience.

Miracles and the problem of evil.

Revelation through sacred texts.

Religious language, the use of symbolism, analogy and myth.

1½ hours,

2 essay questions  

15% of A2 Philosophy

A2 Ethics


Free will and Determinism

The nature and role of the conscience.

Practical ethics : environment, sex, war, peace and justice.

Relationship between religious and ethical language.

1½ hours, 

2 essay questions

15% A2 Ethics


Why study Philosophy and Ethics?

Some of the skills that studying philosophy and ethics can teach you are:

a) understanding the relations between ideas

b) the ability to argue and spot flaws in arguments

c) imagination: coming up with novel solutions and novel ideas

d) communication and conversation: philosophy is done through discussion and debate

Taking all these ideas together - thinking independently about deep questions but without resorting to what you already believe – philosophy and ethics can help you to understand yourself. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their communication and analytical skills, their critical thinking and reasoning skills, while at the same time discovering what they perceive as truth and the importance of religious belief and service in the 21st Century. The RS Department is, therefore, committed to motivating and challenging all students. We endeavour to equip the students with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need for further studies, University, future employment and indeed life, itself.

Careers and Philosophy and Ethics   

People who study Philosophy and Ethics can link it to many other subjects and go into the following areas of work: Law, Politics, Journalism and the Media, Religious and Charitable Ministry, Education and Social Services.


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