A/S RELIGIOUS STUDIES<br />HANDBOOK<br />RELIGION AND ETHICS<br />RELIGION ART AND THE MEDIA<br />HOW IS A/S RELIGIOUS STU...
You will have ten hours of teaching per fortnight which will be split between the two units.  You are expected to attend a...
You will be set homework every week for both units of the course.  Each piece of homework will usually take a minimum of o...
Homework tasks will vary in style.  They will include: reading, essays, answering questions, note taking, preparing a pres...
If you are to get the most out of the course you should aim to complete independent study.  This may mean rereading work c...
If you fail to meet the expectations for completing homework or work in class we will contact your tutor, head of sixth fo...
If you have a genuine problem completing homework that has been set either because you do not understand it or you have a ...
SUMMARY – BASIC EXPECTATIONS FOR A LEVEL STUDENTS
Attend all lessons and be punctual.Work hard in class and complete all homework.If you don’t understand the work or are st...
Include a date and title on every piece of work including homework and any handouts you are given.
File everything in date order.
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  1. 1. A/S RELIGIOUS STUDIES<br />HANDBOOK<br />RELIGION AND ETHICS<br />RELIGION ART AND THE MEDIA<br />HOW IS A/S RELIGIOUS STUDIES DIFFERENT FROM GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES?<br />GCSEA LEVELOne teacherTwo teachersWork in exercise booksWork on paper, you will need to keep an organised file of notes for both parts of the course which will sometimes be checked by your teacherShort homework tasks, around 20 minutes per weekLonger homework tasks, around one hour per week for each unit (two hours per week in total), sometimes the homework will be to write an essayLittle research expectedPersonal research expectedStraightforward topics involving mainly knowledge and understandingMore complex topics requiring a greater depth of understanding and the ability to think for yourselfMost topics distinct and separateTopics interlink requiring the ability to see connections between work covered in different lessonsShort answer questions and short essays for the examNo short answers only medium and longer essays required on the exam paperSimple examples and arguments required in answersA wider range of more complex examples required as well as a wider range of more in depth arguments<br />WHAT WILL I DO AND WHAT IS EXPECTED IN A/S RELIGIOUS STUDIES<br /><ul><li>The A/S Religious Studies course is split into two units, Religion and Ethics, and Religion Art and the Media. There will be two exams at the end of the course one for each of the units.
  2. 2. You will have ten hours of teaching per fortnight which will be split between the two units. You are expected to attend all lessons and to be punctual.
  3. 3. You will be set homework every week for both units of the course. Each piece of homework will usually take a minimum of one hour to complete so you should expect around two hours of Religious Studies homework each week in total.
  4. 4. Homework tasks will vary in style. They will include: reading, essays, answering questions, note taking, preparing a presentation or speech etc.
  5. 5. If you are to get the most out of the course you should aim to complete independent study. This may mean rereading work covered in the lesson or finding new information using books, encyclopaedias or the Internet. Advice on independent study is found later in this booklet.
  6. 6. If you fail to meet the expectations for completing homework or work in class we will contact your tutor, head of sixth form and parents.
  7. 7. If you have a genuine problem completing homework that has been set either because you do not understand it or you have a problem we don’t know about, you should see your class teacher before the next lesson to explain. If you are not based at the school where you are taught, your teacher will give you their e-mail address so you can contact them for help during the week.
  8. 8. SUMMARY – BASIC EXPECTATIONS FOR A LEVEL STUDENTS
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  10. 10. Attend all lessons and be punctual.Work hard in class and complete all homework.If you don’t understand the work or are struggling to complete tasks, see your teacher or e-mail them to ask for help.Complete independent study on the topics you are covering.</li></ul>HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED IN A/S RELIGIOUS STUDIES?<br />You will have six formal teacher assessments for ‘Religion and Ethics’ and six formal teacher assessments for ‘Religion Art and the Media’ during the year. One of your assessments will be a mock exam. These assessments will take the form of timed exam essays. They are designed to test your knowledge, understanding and ability to form arguments as well as to prepare you for your A/S exam next summer. Your grades for the assessments will inform your teachers of your progress towards achieving your predicted grade and will be used on your ROPP.<br />Your homework will also be assessed and you will feedback from your teacher. Feedback will sometimes be verbal and sometimes written. It will be more detailed when you have written an essay.<br />At times during lessons you will perform peer assessments where you will be asked to mark the work of someone else in the class using the exam mark scheme. At other times you may be asked to self assess your work.<br />HOW ARE ESSAYS AND EXAM QUESTIONS MARKED?<br />We will always use the exam board mark scheme to mark your essays (there is a copy at the end of this booklet). There will be two types of essay that you will be asked to complete. <br />30 mark questions will usually ask you to ‘explain’ or ‘examine’. These questions will expect you to be able to set out information in an organised way, choose relevant information and use a range of suitable examples to answer the question set.<br />15 mark questions will usually ask you to ‘assess’ or ‘evaluate’. These questions are looking for good arguments where a range of different opinions are considered and commented upon. You will be required to use examples and reasoned argument.<br />ORGANISING YOUR NOTES<br /><ul><li>You should have a separate file for ‘Religion and Ethics’ and ‘Religion Art and the Media’.
  11. 11. Include a date and title on every piece of work including homework and any handouts you are given.
  12. 12. File everything in date order.
  13. 13. As the year goes on you will find it useful to have a contents page at the front of your file so you can find things quickly. Start this immediately and update every week.
  14. 14. If you are absent collect and file any handouts from your teacher the next lesson.
  15. 15. Have a separate section at the back of your file for additional information collected during independent study.
  16. 16. Make sure that all work is completed. If you didn’t get a task finished in the lesson, make sure it is done at home.
  17. 17. Keep your file neat and tidy, this will be important when you get to revision. Concentrate on good presentation of all pieces of work.
  18. 18. If you are having trouble keeping your file organised, see your teacher for advice.</li></ul>INDEPENDENT STUDY<br />All A/S Level students should undertake independent study. This is particularly important for students predicted an A or B grade, but all students should be in the habit of working on their own initiative. Independent study will give you a more in depth knowledge of the topics you are studying and help you if you are struggling with certain aspects of the course.<br />Sometimes your teacher will direct you towards particular books or websites. However, independent study means that you will need to be self motivated and decide when you need extra information and complete additional work in your own time.<br />Examples of independent study tasksCatch up on missed work due to absence. This is essential and should be done as a matter of course.If something was covered in the lesson that you didn’t understand, reread the section in your text book (Ethics) or check through your notes. You may be able to find other information on the Internet or in library books. If you still don’t understand, see or e-mail your teacher before the next lesson.Use the LRC to find books on religious art, the media and ethics. You may just want to read the books for background information or may find it useful to take notes on interesting or relevant information.Look for religious art on the internet, perhaps using examples from artists studied in lessons. Consider the meaning and symbolism of the picture before finding a written explanation of the artist. You could also use the internet to search for biographies on people studied in the course e.g. Jeremy Bentham (Ethics), Michelangelo (Art).Work in pairs to discuss how an ethical issue (e.g. the death penalty) would relate to an ethical theory (e.g. utilitarianism) you have studied. This could be done by considering moral dilemmas in films or TV programmes. Visit an art gallery or church. Look for interesting religious art. Take photos of anything that could be useful for revision (Art unit).Watch TV programmes that link to the course e.g. about artists, religious comedy, documentaries on ethical issues etc. Take notes for your file.Watch the news regularly and/or read a good newspaper at least once a week. Look out for stories that link to ethics or religion. Focus on art sections in newspapers as they may contain information on religious art.Create revision sheets in preparation for your exams. These could be mind maps or short written notes.<br />RELIGION AND ETHICS – OUTLINE OF THE COURSE<br />UTILITARIANISM• The general principles of Utilitarianism• Bentham’s Utilitarianism, the hedonic calculus, Mill’s Utilitarianism, quality over quantity• Act and Rule utilitarianism• The application of Bentham’s and Mill’s principles to one ethical issue apart from abortion and euthanasia• Strengths and weaknesses of the ethical systems of Bentham and Mill• Which is more important – the ending of pain and suffering, or the increase of pleasure?• How worthwhile is the pursuit of happiness, and is it all that people desire?• How compatible is Utilitarianism with a religious approach to ethics?SITUATION ETHICS• The general principles of Situation Ethics• Fletcher’s six fundamental principles • Fletcher’s four presumptions• The application of Situation Ethics to one ethical issue apart from abortion and euthanasia• Strengths and weaknesses of Situation Ethics as an ethical system• Does Christian love allow people to do anything, depending on the context, and how far is it true that love should be the highest Christian law, overruling all others when necessary?• How practical is Situation Ethics?• How compatible is Situation Ethics with other Christian approaches to moral decision-making?RELIGIOUS TEACHING ON THE NATURE AND VALUE OF HUMAN LIFEOne or more religions can be used in this section• Nature of humanity and the human condition: what it means to be human• Fatalism and free will• Equality and difference• The value of life• How far must a religious view of life be fatalistic?• How far can religion support the idea of equality?• Human life must be given priority over non-human life and some human lives are more valuable than others – how far could religion accept this view?ABORTION AND EUTHANASIA• Abortion: definitions for the start of human life – The value of potential life– Mother’s versus child’s interests, double effect– Ethical issues and abortion laws• Euthanasia - types– Ethical issues involved in legislation about euthanasia– The role of hospices and palliative care (as alternatives to euthanasia)• Arguments for and against abortion and euthanasia • Does the definition of human life stop abortion being murder?• Can abortion and euthanasia ever be said to be ‘good’?• Do humans have a right to life, and a right to choose to die?<br />RELIGION ART AND THE MEDIA – OUTLINE OF THE COURSE<br /><ul><li>THE NATURE AND PURPOSE OF RELIGIOUS ARTWhat is religious artThe range of religious artThe purpose of religious artThe characteristics of Christian artArt and worshipThe importance of religious art for the artist, community and societyThe relevance of religious art today Whether religious subjects are suitable for artWhether religious art should have a religious subjectHow religious art is important – for the art itself, its message or its purpose in religionHow religious art is informative and instructiveWhether religious art can only be understood by religious peopleThe priority that should be given to the production and maintenance of artRELIGION ART AND POPULAR CULTUREHumour and religion – comedy and satire, their role in religion, the impact of comedy on religionFiction and religion – the use of religious themes in fiction, reasons for their popularity and the reactions of religion to themExamples of comedy programmes and films and two works of fictionWhether religion is a suitable topic for humourWhether religion has a negative attitude to humourWhether fiction and humour have a positive contribution to make to religionCYBER RELIGION AND TELEVISION RELIGIONReligion on the Internet – the variety of material related to religion on the Internet, the opportunities and challenges of religion on the Internet and religious responses to them, virtual religionReligion on TV – televangelism, its nature and impact, the presentation of religious themes in popular broadcasting, traditional religious broadcasting, the significance of religious broadcastingWhether the Internet and TV are an asset to religionWhether televangelism is a cult or a religionWhether TV trivialises religion</li></ul>THE EXAM PAPERS<br />Ethics <br />One question will be set on each of the four sections of the course – ‘Utilitarianism’, ‘Situation Ethics’, ‘Religious teaching on the nature and purpose of human life’, ‘Abortion and euthanasia’.<br />You will answer two of the four questions set. Each question will be in two parts – a 30 mark explain type question and a 15 mark assess type question. <br />The exam will last one hour fifteen minutes.<br />Religion Art and the Media<br />Two questions will be set on ‘The nature and purpose of religious art’, one question on ‘Religion art and popular culture’ and one on ‘Cyber religion and television religion’.<br />You will answer two of the four questions set. Each question will be in two parts – a 30 mark explain type question and a 15 mark assess type question. <br />The exam will last one hour fifteen minutes.<br />MARKING<br />You will be given a mark scheme from the exam board which sets out what is expected for each level and mark. You should keep this in your file and use it whenever you write an essay.<br />Your teacher will use the mark scheme when marking your essays. At other times you will use the mark scheme to peer mark or self mark.<br />GRADE BOUNDARIES<br />Grade boundaries for the two units vary greatly between units and from year to year. <br />Your teacher will give you a grade based on the essay set. You will however need to achieve at least 40% for an E and at least 70% for an A.<br />RELIGION AND ETHICS - GLOSSARY<br />Use this page to record key people and words connected to the Religion and Ethics section of the course.<br />..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................<br />....................................................................................................................................................... ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................<br />RELIGION ART AND THE MEDIA - GLOSSARY<br />Use this page to record key artists, pieces of art, people, TV programmes etc connected to the Religion Art and the Media section of the course.<br />..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................<br />....................................................................................................................................................... ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................<br />

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