The Religious Studies Department
The fact is, we need to learn to live with other, different human beings, whatever their religious practices and beliefs are … Perhaps this is a pious, naïve hope, but it is not an unworthy one. It is perhaps the ultimate reason at any time for studying religion, in all its forms, with all its failures, faults, and glories, over all its history, good and bad. Why study religion in the twenty-first century? Because it matters. — Professor William A. Graham (Harvard University)
The Religious Studies department delivers dynamic and structured lessons with the objective to enable each pupil to become:
- Successful learners
- Confident individuals
- Responsible citizens
- Effective contributors
The department hopes to develop interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion and relate it to the wider world. In addition, we hope that pupils treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religion. All pupils are encouraged to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion. Pupils will learn to reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.
We aim to develop each pupil’s understanding of spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues, together with an awareness of environmental issues, health and wellbeing considerations, citizenship and European developments consistent with relevant international agreements appropriate as applied to Religious Studies.
We are delighted to offer Religious Studies as a new IGCSE option at Peponi School. The course aims to promote the pupil’s understanding of religious beliefs, values and traditions, through the study of two major world religions. The course challenges pupils to reflect on their own values while also developing an understanding of the influence religion has on individuals and communities. The course provides opportunities for students to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth and their influence on human life. The skills promoted aim to develop the pupil’s critical thinking by using the content learned to construct well-argued, well informed, balanced and structured written arguments.
Taking the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics modules from the Edexcel A Level in Religious Studies, pupils follow a rigorous course that is designed to encourage them to think clearly about the world around them. They develop insight into academic thought about the nature of God, based on logic and our experience of the world. They consider different approaches to ethical decision-making and assess Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics as models for human behaviour. They research and investigate religious experience, approaching it from the widely varying viewpoints of sociology, psychology, rationalism and belief.
The qualification provides a suitable foundation for the study of Religion, Philosophy or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Arts, Humanities and Social Science related areas (such as Law), The ethical dimension of the course is also suitable for those who wish to advance in areas such as medicine.