Religious Studies

Year-7

Statement of Intent

The key aim of Religious Studies is to enable every young person to gain an understanding of religions and give them the opportunity to reflect on and evaluate a variety of world views. Religious Studies contributes to education at Campion School by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life through the study of religions and worldviews. Students learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts and learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources by being reasonable about their own beliefs and the beliefs of others. In doing this, they learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.

The curriculum in Religious Studies should encourage growth of knowledge and understanding within a range of religions and worldviews and enable students to develop an aptitude for dialogue. This enables students to participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and worldviews. In addition to its contribution as an academic discipline, RS offers distinctive opportunities to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by providing a structured and safe space for reflection, dialogue and debate.

Implementation-Curriculum Map 2019/20:

 

TERM/

YEAR

7 – 3 lessons per fortnight

8 – 3 lessons per fortnight

9 – 2 lessons per fortnight

COMPULSORY HALF GCSE

9 - 5  lessons per fortnight

2 YEAR OPTION FULL GCSE

10 - 2 lessons per fortnight

COMPULSORY GCSE

11 – 2 lessons per fortnight

COMPULSORY GCSE

1

7- 1 How do our beliefs identify us? (SIKHISM)

 

8 – 1 Should we submit to a higher authority? (ISLAM)

GCSE Component 1:

9 -1 Christian Beliefs

(YR 10 2020 Theme A: Relationships and Families)

 

GCSE Component 2:

Theme D Religion, peace and conflict

GCSE Component 2:Thematic Studies

Theme B: Religion and Life

GCSE Component 2:Thematic Studies

Theme B: Religion and Life

(YR 11 2020 Theme E: Religion, Crime and Punishment)

 

2

7-2 Do people get what they deserve? (HINDUISM)

8 – 2 What beliefs are worth holding on to? (Judaism)

(Christian  - Practices)

GCSE Component 1:

9 -2 Muslim Beliefs

(YR 10 2020 Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict)

 

GCSE Component 2:

Theme E: Religion, Crime and Punishment

GCSE Component 2:Thematic Studies

Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict

REVISION

3

7-3 What does it mean to be happy? (BUDDHISM)

8-3 Do people get what they deserve? (Hinduism)

(2020 onwards - 8 -3 Should we always love our neighbour?) (

 

Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict)

Continued

(Muslim Practices)

 

GCSE Component 2:

Theme A: Relationships and Families

GCSE Component 2:

Thematic Studies

Theme A: Relationships and Families

REVISION

 

Key Stage 5

The department offers Philosophy A level

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 12

Epistemology: Definition of knowledge including JTB, Gettier and responses

Moral Philosophy: Utilitarianism, the issues surrounding it and application to ethical issues;

Kantian deontological ethics, the issues surrounding it and application to ethical issues

 

Epistemology: Perception including the issues surrounding direct and indirect realism and idealism;

Reason as a source of knowledge including the issues surrounding innatism and empiricism.

Moral Philosophy: Aristotelian virtue ethics, the issues surrounding it and application to ethical issues;

Applied ethics.

Epistemology: The limits of knowledge including Descartes' scepticism and the responses to it.

Moral Philosophy: Meta-ethics including moral realism and moral anti-realism

Year 13

Metaphysics of the Mind: Substance dualism including criticisms of Descartes' arguments, Property dualism including Philosophical Zombies and the Mary argument and criticisms of these arguments, Issues with substance dualism including category mistake and empirical and conceptual problems with interaction, Metaphysics of God: The concept and nature of God, teleological arguments, cosmological arguments

 

Metaphysics of the Mind: Soft and hard behaviourism and criticisms of these theories, mind-brain type identity theory and criticisms of this theory, eliminative materialism and criticisms of this theory, Metaphysics of God: Ontological arguments and the problem of evil

 

Metaphysics of the Mind: functionalism and criticisms of this theory, Metaphysics of God: Religious Language,  consolidation of Year 12 and 13 learning in long term memory

 

Impact

Students in Year 10 and 11 will complete the AQA Religious Studies A GCSE.  Those starting in Year 9 will either opt for this course or will be taught the AQA Religious Studies A Short Course (compulsory). At KS5 AQA Philosophy is offered.

Student will:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings and sources of wisdom and authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts and scriptures of the religions they are studying
  • develop their ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject
  • reflect on and develop their own values, belief, meaning, purpose, truth and their influence on human life
  • reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Religious Studies and Philosophy provide a firm grounding for career paths which require the ability to communicate a clear, balanced and reasoned argument such as law, journalism, teaching and lecturing.  It also lends itself to careers in the Police Force, education, politics and the civil service.

Head of Faculty and subject

Deb Coote