Philosophy & Ethics
THE DEPARTMENTS OWN PHILOSOPHY
The Philosophy and Ethics department believe that every student should be given opportunities to express their beliefs and practices. We believe students should be able to do so in a safe and fulfilling environment. Therefore every student is encouraged to discuss debate and demonstrate how the world around them operates not only on a local scale but also on a national and international scale. All students are encouraged to ask ‘BIG’ philosophical questions and questions ethical issues. Students investigate spiritual concepts, become moral individuals, interact socially not only with other students but believers from a wide range of religions and learn about a wide range of cultures. Ultimately, our aim is to ensure every lesson is a memory which student’s will keep with them for a life time.
Meet the team
key stage 3
In year 7, we explore a wide range of cultural and religious practices. Students begin the year on a desert Island and end the year at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Neasden Hindu Temple, London. We explore a wide range of topics including holy books, pilgrimages and places of worship.
In year 8, students go onto identify and research a wide range of religious commitments and celebrations, from Diwali to Christmas. Moreover students begin to develop the key skills needed for GCSE. These include evaluating and analysing the origins of the earth from both a religious and scientific view point.
In year 9 students begin to delve deeper into a philosophy and ethical realm. Students begin to critically analyse immoral and moral actions from both a religious and non-religious perspective. Students are encouraged to investigate the world wide issue of wealth and poverty and moreover genocide with a particular focus in the Holocaust and the Rwanda genocide.
key stage 4
Students complete the AQA Religious Studies Full Course. Here students investigate two religions in depth; these are Christianity and Islam. Students then have the opportunity to apply these religious beliefs and practices to key philosophical and ethical issues including, relationships and families, peace and conflict, crime and punishment and social justice. Students will be graded 1-9.
key stage 5
Students follow the OCR A-Level specification. Students investigate Ancient Greek influence, traditional arguments for the existence of God and challenges to religious belief, including the origin of evil and do we have a soul? Furthermore students also complete the Ethics unit. This includes Natural Law, Situation Ethics, Kantian Ethics and Utilitarianism. Moreover, students also complete the third unit on Christian thought and how this developed. This includes the study of death and the afterlife, knowledge of God and Christian moral principles and actions. Students will be assessed at the end of Year 12 and at the end of Year 13.