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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 12 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1 - Philosophy of Religion   
Topics include: Arguments for the existence of God: The Teleological argument Presentation: Paley’s analogical argument. Criticisms: Hume. The Ontological argument Presentation: Anselm’s a priori argument. Criticisms: Gaunilo and Kant. The Cosmological argument Presentation: Aquinas' Way 3. The argument from contingency and necessity. Criticisms: Hume and Russell. Evil and suffering The problem of evil and suffering. The concepts of natural and moral evil. The logical and evidential problem of evil. Responses to the problem of evil and suffering. Hick’s soul making theodicy. The free will defence. Process theodicy as presented by Griffin. The strengths and weaknesses of each response.
Assessment: Students will be assessed through AO1 essays (10 marks) and AO2 essays (15 marks) - completed at home and in timed conditions. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2 - Philosophy of Religion   
Religious experience The nature of religious experience. Visions: corporeal, imaginative and intellectual. Numinous experiences: Otto, an apprehension of the wholly other. Mystical experiences: William James; non sensuous and non-intellectual union with the divine as presented by William Stace
Assessment: Students will be assessed through AO1 essays (10 marks) and AO2 essays (15 marks) - completed at home and in timed conditions. As well as this, students will take a formal Mock exam. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 - Ethics and Religion   
Topics include: Normative ethical theories Deontological: natural moral law and the principle of double effect with reference to Aquinas; proportionalism. Teleological: situation ethics with reference to Fletcher. Character based: virtue ethics with reference to Aristotle. The differing approaches taken to moral decision making by these ethical theories. Their application to the issues of theft and lying. The strengths and weaknesses of these ways of making moral decisions.
Assessment: Students will be assessed through AO1 essays (10 marks) and AO2 essays (15 marks) - completed at home and in timed conditions. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4 - Ethics and Religion   
Issues of human life and death: embryo research; cloning; ‘designer’ babies abortion voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide capital punishment. Issues of non-human life and death: use of animals as food; intensive farming use of animals in scientific procedures; cloning blood sports animals as a source of organs for transplants.
Assessment: Students will be assessed through AO1 essays (10 marks) and AO2 essays (15 marks) - completed at home and in timed conditions. As well as this, students will take a formal Mock examKey Words and Terms
 
Term 5 - Study of Christianity   
Students will study the following with reference to Christianity: • Sources of wisdom and authority • God/gods/ultimate reality • Self, death and the afterlife
Assessment: Students will be assessed through AO1 essays (10 marks) and AO2 essays (15 marks) - completed at home and in timed conditions. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6 - Study of Christianity   
Students will study the following with reference to Christianity: • Good conduct and key moral principles • Expression of religious identity
Assessment: Students will be assessed through AO1 essays (10 marks) and AO2 essays (15 marks) - completed at home and in timed conditions. As well as this, students will take a formal Mock examKey Words and Terms
 

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