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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1What is Justice?   
How are we to judge the actions of others? Is justice the same as equality? How has religious faith influenced figures such as Maria Gomez to stand up for justice? Can justice be achieved through the death penalty? These questions will be explored in this unit.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Religion in Society   
This unit will examine the role religion plays in contemporary society. We will look into whether religion causes conflicts, or whether it is a force for good. We will examine religious charities as well as religious teachings on gender equality, asking ourselves why religions are not able to change the world as quickly as they might want to.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Spirituality  
Students will consider what it means to be human and the existence of the soul. They will debate what 'spirituality' means and how it is expressed in different religious traditions, including art, music and types of worship.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Good and Evil   
This unit will allow us to investigate how religion accounts for evil, whether or not religion can exist alongside God, and ask questions about the meaning behind evil and suffering. We will consider different arguments for the justification of suffering and whether or not pain is worth it for potential benefit after death.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Buddhism  
This topic allows us to examine the key figure of the Buddha and the importance of his life and teachings on the world today. We examine Buddhist approaches to suffering and the value of meditation in the modern world.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Buddhism continued  
In this unit we will continue to explore the teachings of the Buddha, and Buddhist approaches to suffering.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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