Religion has always been with us. Throughout time it has explored the deepest questions human beings can ask and it has taken a central place in the lives of virtually all civilizations and cultures.
Religious Studies at Tabor is about teaching tolerance and understanding. It is about preparing students and giving them the skills to flourish as able and qualified participants of a multicultural, multi-faith society. The Religious Studies department at Tabor is a dedicated team who are committed to the students’ enjoyment and development in this vital subject.
The course features a variety of relevant and contemporary themes to help inspire engaging classroom discussion. Students will also gain critical and evaluative skills sought after by higher education and employers. They will explore philosophical questions about the existence of God, evil and suffering, miracles and life after death.
Written exam: 3 hours
50% of A-level
What is covered and when?
Over the 2-year course, you will study:
Section A: Philosophy of religion
- Arguments for the existence of God
- Evil and suffering
- Religious experience
- Religious language
- Self and life after death
Section B: Ethics and religion
- Ethical theories
- Issues of human life and death
- Issues of animal life and death
- Introduction to meta ethics
- Free will and moral responsibility
- Bentham and Kant.
Section A: Study of religion –Christianity:
- Sources of wisdom and authority
- God/gods/ultimate reality
- Self, death and the afterlife
- Good conduct and key moral principles
- Expression of religious identity
- Religion, gender and sexuality
- Religion and science
- Religion and secularisation
- Religion and religious pluralism.
Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion
How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.
Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion
How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.
Ted talks- https://www.ted.com/talks
The Panpsycast is a weekly 'informal and informative' philosophy podcast inspiring and supporting students, teachers, academics, and free thinkers worldwide. The show has covered our Religious Studies A Level specification as well as a range of other topics. The goal of each episode is to make exciting and challenging research accessible to students, teachers, academics, and the general public. https://thepanpsycast.com/home
Hodder Educations ‘RS Review’ magazine has sadly been discontinued. However, a range of free resources from past editions are still available on the Hodder website. https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/magazines/magazines-extras/rs-review-extras
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a fantastic resource which organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work. https://plato.stanford.edu/index.html
Crash Course is a YouTube channel started by John and Hank Green in association with PBS. It features videos on You Tube covering different aspects of Philosophy. https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse
A History of Ideas from the BBC Radio 4 programme is another collection of videos on YouTube. The series answers big questions answered and explains big theories in under 2 minutes from the BBC Radio 4 programme – A History of Ideas. The videos were scripted by philosopher Nigel Warburton. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLiykcLllCgPE0q9BiMexLFj-1rq9GUwX
Watching the news
The RS department runs the “Filmosophy” club which shows films that explore the issues raised by our subject followed by a discussion. The club shows two films every half term, one to Key Stage Three and one to Key Stage Four.
The Department also runs a Random Acts of Kindness group which meets once a month and attempts to put into action the golden rule shared by all faiths.
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