About the subject
This course focuses on the really interesting life issues as immortality, drug abuse, evil and crime. It will help pupils to become aware of issues of local, national and global concern.
Ethics: Should we bring back the death penalty? Is it morally right to use medical technology to prolong life? Is euthanasia acceptable? Is cloning humans right or wrong?
Philosophy: Does God exist? Why does God allow us to suffer? Is there life after death? Do miracles really happen?
Pupils will learn how to evaluate issues and argue a point of view logically. They will express their views using reasoned arguements so they can mae a positive contribution to debates and decisions in society. Pupils must be open minded and willing to discuss why they think and listen to the ideas of others. No prior learning of Religious Education or philosophy is necessary for pupils to undertake this course at GCSE.
Areas of study
The course consists of two units which are Religious and Morality and Philosophy and Ultimate Questions.
The topics will include:
- Medical ethics
- Religious attitudes to drug abuse
- Crime and punishment
- The existence of God
- Problems of evil and suffering
- Science and religion
Examination at the end of Year 11, which accounts for 100% of the total marks.
Autumn term: Human rights and social justice. Hindu practices
Career opportunities and progression routes
GCSE Ethics, Philosophy and Religion provides a good base to go on to study any course in humanities or social science such as English, history, sociology, Law and psychology.