Religious Studies

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Exam Board: OCR

This qualification is designed to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Learners will develop their skills of critical analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguments and responses to religious, philosophical and ethical ideas.

Course Content

Component 01: Philosophy of religion

Students study philosophical language and thought, and issues and questions raised by belief:

  • Ancient philosophical influences
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • The nature and impact of religious experience
  • The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Issues in religious language

 

Component 02: Religion and ethics

Students explore key concepts and the works of influential thinkers, ethical theories and their application:

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • Ethical language and thought
  • Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs

 

 Component 03: Developments in the religious thought of Christianity

  • Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • Sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • Practices which shape and express religious identity, and 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.

Enrichment 

Students are offered opportunities to attend Philosophy of Religion and Ethics conferences.

Assessment

There are 3 examinations for Religious Studies.

Each examination is 2 hours.

Each examination is worth 33⅓%

  • Philosophy of religion (01)
  • Religion and ethics (02)
  • Developments in religious thought (06)