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Humanities - Religious Studies

 

DEPARTMENT

COURSE NAME

COURSE LEADER

EXAM BOARD

QUALIFICATION

Humanities Religious Studies Mr Pancherz OCR A level

Course Aims

The aim of Religious Studies is to encourage learners to:

  • develop your interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world;
  • develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies;
  • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion and reflect on and develop your own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their study.

    Course Entrance Requirements

  • Minimum 6 in English Language and/or English Literature (the course involves extensive reading and essay writing).

Course Content

Content Overview

Assessment Overview

Weighting

Philosophy of religion:

· Ancient philosophical influences

· 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

· The nature of the soul, mind and body

· The possibility of life after death

· Ideas about the nature of God

· Issues in religious language

Philosophy of religion

120 marks

2 hour written paper

33.3% of total A level

Religion and ethics:

· Normative ethical theories

· The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance

· Ethical language and thought

· Debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will

· The influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion

 

Religion and ethics

120 marks

2 hour written paper

 

33.3% of total A level

Developments in religious thought:

· 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.

 

Developments in religious thought

120 marks

2 hour written paper

 

33.3% of total A level

Assessment Objectives

 

Assessment Objective

 

 

AO1

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief, including:

· Religious, philosophical and/or ethical thought and teaching

· Influence of beliefs, teachings and practices on individuals, communities and societies

· Cause and significance of similarities and differences in belief, teaching and practice

· Approaches to the study of religion and belief

40%

 

AO2

 

Analyse and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence and study.

 

60%

 

Possible Careers and University Courses

Philosophy, Religious Studies, Law, Medicine, Journalism, Business, Teaching, Higher Education and research, Civil Service such as Administration, Police or Social Worker, Politics.  Advertising, Charities Administrator, Computer Analyst/Programmer, Information Management, Marketing and many more.

Exam Board

OCR

Contact Name

For further information, please see Mr Pancherz – Head of Religious Studies.