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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 12 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1 Weeks 1 to 7Arguments for and Against the Existence of God  
Students will consider the following: the Design argument; the Ontological argument; the Cosmological argument. They will then revise information considered and take an assessment. The unit will move on to consider: natural and moral evil; the logical and evidential problem of evil; responses to evil and suffering; Hick's soul making theodicy; free will defence and process theodicy (Griffin).
Assessment: Regularly marked essays plus a 45 minute assessment in controlled conditions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2 Weeks 8 to 14Evil and Suffering and Religious Experience   
Students will recap study from the previous unit and look at the strengths and weaknesses to evil and suffering. They will take part in an overview quiz and then revise and sit a further assessment. We then move on to aspects of religious experience; visions, corporeal, imaginative and intellectual; Numinous (Otto); mystical (William James) and the challenges of verifying religious experience. An important part of this unit is the study of the challenges to religious experience, religious responses to those challenges, Swinborne's principle of credulity and testimony and the influence and overview of religious experiences.
Assessment: Regularly marked essays plus a 45 minute assessment in controlled conditions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 Weeks 15 to 20Miracles 
Students will consider the question 'what are miracles?'. They will look at differing understandings of 'miracle' realist and anti-realist views, the violation of natural law or natural events. Students will compare the key ideas of David Hume and Maurice Wiles on miracles and think about the significance of these views for religion. There will then be an overview of 'miracles' prior to an assessment.
Assessment: Regularly marked essays plus a 45 minute assessment in controlled conditions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4 Weeks 21 to 25Self and Life After Death and Religious Language 
Students will consider the natuure and existence of 'the soul' and think about Descartes ideas. They will consider the body and soul relationship and the possibility of continuing personal existence after death. There will then be a unit summary prior to assessment. Following this students will consider religious language and whether it should be viewed cognitively or non-cognitively. They will look at the challenges of the verification and falsification principles to the meaningfulness of religious language.
Assessment: Regularly marked essays plus a 45 minute assessment in controlled conditions.Key Words and Terms
 
Terms 5 and 6 Weeks 26 to 32Religious Language  
Students will consider: The challenges of the verification and falsification principles to the meaningfulness of religious language. Responses to these challenges; eschatological verification with reference to Hick. Responses to challenges; language as an expression of a Blik with reference to R.M. Hare. Religious language as a language game with reference to Wittgenstein. Other views of the nature of religious language; language as symbolic with reference to Tillich. Religious language as analogical with reference to Aquinas the Via Negativa. The strengths and weaknesses of the differing understandings of religious language. Students will then commit to full course revision of what has been covered in the year to date.
Assessment: Regularly marked essays plus a 45 minute assessment in controlled conditions.Key Words and Terms
 

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