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Year 9 –  Philosophy and Ethics 2018/2019

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) An Introduction to World Religio
●        Introduction
●        Western Religions
●        Eastern Religions Prejudice and Discrimination
●      Equality
●      definitions
●      Sexism
●      Laws
2 (7 weeks) Prejudice and Discrimination
●      people who have fought prejudice
●      Laws
●      people who have fought prejudice
●      Hate Crime
●      FGM
●      AssessmentEthics
●      morality
●      relationships
3 (6 weeks) Ethics
●      sex before marriage
●      arranged marriage
●      Abortion
●      Abortion and religious beliefs
●      FGM
●      Debate
4 (6 weeks) Religious Philosophy
●      Evil and Suffering
●      What is god like
●      Life after death
●      What is a miracle
●      Assessment
5 (5 weeks) Buddhism
●      Life of the Buddha
●      4 noble truths
●      Eightfold path
●      5 precepts
●      Animal rights – animals and food
●      Animals and work
6 (7 weeks) Buddhism
●      Animals and work
●      MeditationMatters of life
●      quality of life
●      fertility treatments
●      transfusions and transplants
●      designer babies
●      cloning

 

 Year 10 – Core Philosophy and Ethics 2018/2019

Subject Content:

Students will cover core content which fulfils the government’s requirement that all students have access to SMSC education (social, moral, spiritual and cultural). This will be covered in Y10 by two topics, ‘Drug Abuse’ and ‘World Poverty’. Students have one core ethics lesson every two weeks.

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) Drug Abuse
●     Different types of drugs
●     Effects of legal drugs
●     Effects of illegal drugs
●     Reasons why some people take drugs 
2 (7 weeks) Drug Abuse
●     Methods of reducing drug abuse
●     Drugs and the law
●     Religious attitudes to drug abuse
●     Assessment
3 (6 weeks) Drug Abuse
●     RecapBritish Values
●     Hate Crime
●     FGM 
4 (6 weeks) World Poverty
●     Causes of world Poverty
●     How to measure poverty
●     Religious views on poverty
●     Justice stewardship and compassion 
5 (5 weeks) World Poverty
●     Trade
●     Fair trade
●     Reasons why religious believers help the poor 
6 (7 weeks) World Poverty
●     Long term and short term aid
●     Sustainable development 

 

Year 10 Ethics 2018/2019

Course title: Philosophy and Ethics GCSE Exam board: AQA Specification code: 8062
How will students be assessed?
At the end of the two year course, students will complete two 105 minute exams. Both exams are worth 50% of their final grade. There is no coursework.

The first exam is ‘Component One: The Study of Religions’. This will cover a range of religious beliefs and practices. These will include a comparison of Hindu and Christian ideas about God and gods or goddesses, the importance of pilgrimage and how it is performed, major festivals, and key texts.

The second exam is ‘Component Two: Thematic Studies’, in which various philosophical and ethical issues will be studied from the perspective of some of the major world religions as well as atheistic groups. These will include views on family life, marriage and relationships, the existence and nature of God, religious attitudes to war, peace and conflict, as well as issues surrounding crime and punishment.

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) The Study of Religions:
●     Introduction to the Course and Paper 1
●     Christianity: Key Beliefs
●     Christianity: Salvation 
2 (7 weeks) The Study of Religions:
●     Christianity: Salvation (cont.)
●     Christianity: Worship and Festivals
●     Christianity: The Role of the Church 
3 (6 weeks) The Study of Religions:
Hinduism: The Nature of God and Existence
4 (6 weeks) The Study of Religions:
●     Hinduism: The Nature of Human Life 
5 (5 weeks) The Study of Religions:
●     Hinduism: Worship and Festivals
6 (7 weeks) The Study of Religions:
●     Hinduism: Lifestyle
●     Exam Preparation and Exam Week

 

Year 11 CORE Ethics 2018/2019

Subject Content:

Students will cover core content which fulfils the government’s requirement that all students have access to SMSC education (social, moral, spiritual and cultural). This was covered in Y10 by three topics, ‘Drug Abuse’, ‘Attitudes to the elderly and death’ and ‘World Poverty’. Students have one core ethics lesson every two weeks.

In Year 11  they will complete their final unit ‘attitudes to crime and punishment’.

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) Religious attitudes to Crime and Punishment
●     An understanding of the religious beliefs about law and order
●     Concepts of right and wrong, conscience, duty and responsibility;
●     the debate about the causes of crime including social, environmental and psychological explanations
●     The different types of crimes, including against the person, property and the state and religious offences
2 (7 weeks) Religious attitudes to Crime and Punishment
●     The aims of punishment, defined as protection, retribution, deterrence, reformation, vindication and reparation
●     The appropriateness of different forms of punishment in achieving the aims of punishment, including: the handling of young offenders, the effects of imprisonment, the meaning and implications of life imprisonment, issues arising out of parole and early release
3 (6 weeks) Religious attitudes to Crime and Punishment
●     The debate about the death penalty (capital punishment);
●     Alternatives to prison, including electronic tagging, probation, fines and community service
4 (6 weeks) Revision activities
5 (5 weeks) Revision activities

 

 Year 11 FULL Ethics 2018/2019

Course title: Philosophy and Ethics GCSE Exam board: AQA Specification code: 8063
How will students be assessed?
This is the second year of the course and will be focused on content for the second exam:

At the end of the two year course, students will complete two 105 minute exams. Both exams are worth 50% of their final grade. There is no coursework.

The first exam is ‘Component One: The Study of Religions’. This will cover a range of religious beliefs and practices. These will include a comparison of Hindu and Christian ideas about God and gods or goddesses, the importance of pilgrimage and how it is performed, major festivals, and key texts.

The second exam is ‘Component Two: Thematic Studies’, in which various philosophical and ethical issues will be studied from the perspective of some of the major world religions as well as atheistic groups.

These will include views on family life, marriage and relationships, the existence and nature of God, religious attitudes to war, peace and conflict, as well as issues surrounding crime and punishment.

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) Thematic Studies: Christianity and Hinduism

 Introduction to Paper 2
●  Relationships and Families

2 (7 weeks) Thematic Studies: Christianity and Hinduism
●     The Existence of God and Revelation 
3 (6 weeks) Thematic Studies: Christianity and Hinduism
●     Mock exam preparation
●     Mock Exams
4 (6 weeks) Thematic Studies: Christianity and Hinduism
●     Religion, Peace and Conflict
●     Religion, Crime and Punishment
5 (5 weeks) Revision and Exam Practise for both exams
6 (7 weeks)  

 

Year 12 Ethics 2018/2019

Course title: Philosophy and Ethics A Level Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7062
How will students be assessed?
This is a reformed A Level course and as such, students will complete two 180 minute exams at the end of year 13. Both exams are worth 50% of their final grade. There is no coursework.

The first exam is ‘Philosophy of Religion and Ethics’. This will cover a range of classical philosophical questions, such as arguments for and against the existence of God, Evil and suffering, the nature of the self, death and the afterlife, and religious experience and authority.  It will also include the major philosophical approaches to ethics and the nature of right and wrong, the concepts of free will and responsibility, sexual and gender identity, and equality and tolerance.

The second exam is ‘Study of Religion and Dialogues’, in which students will apply these wider philosophical and ethical theories to a major world religion; Hinduism, and consider how this faith tackles these issues in practise today. The dialogues section of the paper will focus on how the concepts of religion, philosophy and ethics inform and challenge one another.

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
●     Introduction to the Course and Paper 1
●     Arguments for the Existence of God
●     Evil and Suffering
2 (7 weeks) Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
●     Religious Language
●     Religious Experience

Normative Ethical Theories

3 (6 weeks) Philosophy of Religion and Ethics/ Study of Religion and Dialogues
●     Application of Ethical Theory
●     Introduction to Paper 2
4 (6 weeks) Study of Religion and Dialogues

●     Ultimate Reality

5 (5 weeks) Study of Religion and Dialogues

●     Sources of Wisdom and Authority
●     Good Conduct and Moral Principles

Expressions of Religious Identity

6 (7 weeks) ●     Self, Death and Afterlife

●     Mock exam and Exam preparation

 

 

Year 13 Ethics 2018/2019

Course title: Philosophy and Ethics A Level Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7062
How will students be assessed?
This is a reformed A Level course and as such, students will complete two 180 minute exams at the end of year 13. Both exams are worth 50% of their final grade. There is no coursework.

The first exam is ‘Philosophy of Religion and Ethics’. This will cover a range of classical philosophical questions, such as arguments for and against the existence of God, Evil and suffering, the nature of the self, death and the afterlife, and religious experience and authority.  It will also include the major philosophical approaches to ethics and the nature of right and wrong, the concepts of free will and responsibility, sexual and gender identity, and equality and tolerance.

The second exam is ‘Study of Religion and Dialogues’, in which students will apply these wider philosophical and ethical theories to a major world religion; Hinduism, and consider how this faith tackles these issues in practise today. The dialogues section of the paper will focus on how the concepts of religion, philosophy and ethics inform and challenge one another.

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
●     Miracles
●     Religious Experience
●     Meta-Ethics
2 (7 weeks) Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
●     Free Will and Responsibility
●     Conscience
●     Bentham and Kant
●     Good Conduct and Moral Principles
3 (6 weeks) Study of Religion and Dialogues
●     Expressions of Religious Identity
●     Hinduism, Gender and Sexuality
●     Self, Death and Afterlife
4 (6 weeks) Study of Religion and Dialogues
●     Hinduism and Science
●     Hinduism and the Challenge of Secularisation
●     Hinduism, Migration and Religious Pluralism
5 (5 weeks) Study of Religion and Dialogues
●     The Dialogue between Hinduism and Philosophy
●     The Dialogue between Hinduism and Ethics
6 (7 weeks)