Religious Studies – History, World Faiths and Me
This is a compulsory course, there are no prerequisites.
This unit focusses on the influences of religious and philosophical traditions on the modern world, investigating the ways in which our society has been influenced by the culture, changes and conflicts that arise from religious communities and philosophical debate. It aims to build the students' knowledge and understanding of key religious communities, including; Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, and philosophical schools of thought including; Utilitarianism, Situational Ethics, Christian Ethics and Kantian Ethics. It also provides a continuation of the affective learning undertaken in the Middle School, encouraging students to develop their own sense of the spiritual, moral and ethical.
- What are the links between individual and community dimensions of religious experience?
- How do religious individuals and groups have an influence on the society around them, and vice-versa?
- What is the capacity of religious and philosophical traditions in assisting individuals and groups to make meaning of significant life experiences?
- What are the contributions made by religions and philosophy to important religious, social, cultural and ethical issues?
Areas of Study
- Introduction to key beliefs of Muslims.
- Investigation of the ways in which Islam is portrayed by the media.
- Impact of Islam on the world.
- Exploration of contemporary issues in Islam, such as fundamentalism.
Ethics, Morals and Decision Making
- Students explore and express their beliefs and values.
- Analysis of how beliefs and values influence our actions.
- Exploration of different faiths and ethical frameworks to inform decision-making.
- Discuss, debate and research different perspectives on how actions and beliefs are connected.
- Analysis and evaluation of different moral and ethical dilemmas.
Why do we suffer?
- Overview of the key faith perspectives on why there is suffering in the world.
- Examination of Buddhist, Christian and Hindu ethical perspectives.
- Examination of the differences in ethical perspectives between Eastern and Western religions.
- Exploration of secular views on why people suffer.
Affective Learning and Philosophy
Throughout the course students continue to undertake affective practices (meditation and reflection) in order to build these skills. They also engage with a number of philosophical constructs in exploring these areas of study.
||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key terminology, beliefs, practices, rituals and issues within the Islamic faith.
||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of an ethical issue and different ethical framework responses to the issue by engaging in a Q and A style debate.
|Ethhical Dilemma Academic Research Poster
||Research and respond to an ethical issue, outlining different ethical frameworks’ responses and examining the ethical framework of their own beliefs. Present findings as an academic research poster.
|Why Do We Suffer Unit Test
||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key terminology, beliefs, and varying perspectives on why we suffer and how we can overcome suffering.