Why study religious studies?

This course will enable you to further your understanding of philosophical and ethical issues, for example whether God exists or how to make moral decisions. Religious studies is beneficial to those who want to debate and discuss religious issues from a variety of perspectives, including non-religious viewpoints –the skills gained are valuable for a range or careers and further education courses.

What will I learn about?

Philosophy of religion
Covering ancient philosophical influences, the nature of the soul, mind and body. Looking at arguments for the existence/non-existence of God. The nature and impact of religious experience, the challenge of the problem of evil. Then looking at the nature of God and issues in Religious Language.

Religious ethics
The course will cover the study of Normative Ethical theories, application of the ethical theories to two contemporary moral issues – euthanasia and business ethics. Looking then at ethical language and thought, debates around the significant idea of conscience. Finally sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious belief.

Developments in religious thought
Religious beliefs, values and teaching, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world. Looking in detail at sources of wisdom and authority, practices which shape and express religious identity – considering how these vary within a tradition. Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought. Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.

How will I be assessed?

• Examinations

Future pathways and careers

• Law
• Social services
• Teaching
• Medicine
• Politics
• Administration management

Course level

A Level and AS

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in religious studies, or philosophy and/or ethics.

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