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Philosophy and Ethics

Philosophy and Ethics - A level

Year 12

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Understand Plato: the concept of the Forms; the Form of the Good.
  • Understand the concepts of absolutist and relativist morality.
  • Discuss these concepts critically and their strengths and weaknesses.

ASSESSMENT

Past AS question on Plato and Absolutism.

HOMEWORK

Research and analysis of Plato and Absolutism.

Term 1.2
  • Understand Aristotle and the Prime Mover.
  • Understand the ethical theory of Natural Law.
  • Understand and critically evaluate Absolutism.

ASSESSMENT

Past AS examination question.

HOMEWORK

Research and essay preparation.

Term 2.1
  • Understand the range of arguments to support the existence of God
  • Understand the range of ethical theories which underpin modern ethical studies
  • Be able to discuss critically
    these concepts and their strengths and
    weaknesses.

ASSESSMENT

Past AS examination question on Philosophy and Ethics

HOMEWORK

Background research and wider reading for Philosophy and ethics.

Term 2.2
  • Understand arguments which contradict the existence of God
  • Understand the application of ethical theories to ethical issues
  • Discuss these concepts critically and their strengths and weaknesses.

ASSESSMENT

Past AS examination question on Philosophy and Ethics

HOMEWORK

Essay preparation and preparation for exam

Term 3.1
  • Revise content of Year 12 Philosophy
  • Revise content of Year 12 Ethics
  • Discuss these concepts critically and their strengths and weaknesses.

ASSESSMENT

Timed essays in preparation for the exam in May

HOMEWORK

Revision and exam preparation

Term 3.2
  • Explore introduction to A2 topics in Philosophy and Ethics
  • Research Life after Death (philosophy)and Free Will and Determinism (ethics)
  • Understand the main issues within these concepts and be able to discuss their strengths and weaknesses

ASSESSMENT

Research tasks

HOMEWORK

Study relevant films, books and articles related to Life After Death and Free Will and Determinism

Year 13

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Understand religious language - uses and purpose.
  • Know and understand the concept of Free Will and Determinism.
  • Discuss these areas critically and their strengths and weaknesses.

ASSESSMENT

OCR A2 Assessment

HOMEWORK

Research topics related to content

Term 1.2
  • Understand the aims and main conclusions drawn by William James in The Varieties of Religious Experience.
  • Understand meta ethics.
  • Discuss these areas critically and their strengths and weaknesses.

ASSESSMENT

Past examination questions from OCR A2 papers.

HOMEWORK

Essay preparation

Term 2.1
  • Know a range of theories on the concept of Life after death.
  • Understand theories of conscience.
  • Understand the concept of the soul; be able to discuss these areas critically and their strengths and weaknesses

ASSESSMENT

OCR A2 Assessment

HOMEWORK

Research tasks

Term 2.2
  • Know the theories surrounding the concept of miracles
  • Understand the range of views regarding Virtue ethics
  • Be able to discuss these areas critically and their strengths and weaknesses

ASSESSMENT

OCR A2 Assessment

HOMEWORK

Research topics related to content

Term 3.1
  • Understand the ways in which the ethical theories can be applied to a range of issues
  • Know the implications of God's self-revelation in scripture
  • Revise the full content of Year 13 Philosophy and Ethics

ASSESSMENT

OCR A2 assessment

HOMEWORK

Revise all topics; prepare for timed essays

Term 3.2
  • Revise for exam.
  • Practise answering questions under exam conditions.
  • Revise Year 13 content.

ASSESSMENT

OCR A2 assessment

HOMEWORK

Revise