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Year 12/13 AQA
AS Level – Unit 1 – Religion and Ethics, Unit 2 – Islam
A2 Level – Unit 3 – Religion in contemporary society, Unit 4 – Philosophy of Religion

Year 12

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives AQA Religious Studies AS

Unit 1 (Ethics)  

Utilitarianism

• The general principles of Utilitarianism: the greatest happiness principle; consequential or teleological thinking in contrast to deontological thinking

• 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 of the candidate’s choice apart from abortion and euthanasia Issues arising

• 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?

Unit 10

Islam way of submission                                                                                                         1. The Qur’an

• The revelation, compilation and authority of the Qur’an

• The use of the Qur’an in worship and in everyday life • The use of the Qur’an as a source of law

• The importance of the Qur’an for Muslims, including comparison and contrast with the importance of the hadith and the Sunnah Issues arising

• How far is the Qur’an the only guidance a Muslim needs?

• Are the commandments in the Qur’an for all time and for all places?

• Every Muslim can hear the words of the Qur’an, but who/what has the authority to say what those words mean today?

2. The Five Pillars

• The concept of worship

• The concept of Pillar • Shahadah; Salah; Zakah; Sawm; Hajj

• The significance of the Five Pillars for Muslims, including their contribution to the development of the ideal Muslim character and of the Umma Issues arising

• Which is most important – the actions of worship or the state of mind/intention of the worshipper, or both?

• Are the Five Pillars the most important duties for Muslims today?

• How far is it true?

Key Activities / Homework Keywords tasks, comprehension.

Watch clips which contextualise the key issues and can be applied to real life, discuss, practice application to examination questions

Assessments AQA examination questions
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Revision Guide, Victor Watton Islam,                 AQA website

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives AQA Religious Studies

Unit 1 (Ethics) and Unit 10 (Islam way of submission)

Key Activities / Homework Keywords tasks, comprehension.

Watch clips which contextualise the key issues and can be applied to real life, discuss, practice application to examination questions

Assessments AQA examination questions
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Revision Guide, Victor Watton Islam,

AQA website

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives AQA Religious Studies

Unit 1 (Ethics) and Unit 10 (Islam way of submission)

Key Activities / Homework Keywords tasks, comprehension.

Watch clips which contextualise the key issues and can be applied to real life, discuss, practice application to examination questions

Assessments AQA examination questions
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Revision Guide, Victor Watton Islam,

AQA website

Year 13

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives AQA Religious Studies A2

Unit 3 (Islam)

2. Shi’a Islam

• Distinctive beliefs, with particular reference to the role and importance of religious leaders

• Distinctive practices, with particular reference to the celebration and significance of Ashura, including the importance of suffering, martyrdom and the significance of the death of Husayn

• The Imamate – including the hidden Imam and Mahdi Issues arising

• The importance and implications of these beliefs and practices today

• To what extent are Sunni and Shi’a Islam both similar and different? • What is the relationship between the role and importance of Muhammad and the role and importance of the Imam in Shi’a Islam? a

4. Women and family life

• Nature, purpose and importance of the family in Islam

• Role and status of women

• Regulations concerning marriage and divorce Issues arising

• What are the implications of these for Islam today?

• How far is the role and status of Muslim women a cultural or religious matter?

• Equality of gender – is this possible and desirable in Islam?

Unit 4 (Religion and contemporary society )  

Topic II Religion and Contemporary Society (Unit 4B)

• The challenges posed by the practice of religion today. Issues of freedom of religion, including wearing of religious dress and symbols, time and space to practise religion. Attitudes of non-members of a particular faith to those who are adherents and attitudes of adherents of a particular faith towards non-members. The challenges of practising religion in a secular society or being a minority religion in a religious society. Issues of identity, integration and assimilation, the tension between religious adherence and nationalism.

• Attitudes towards sexual behaviour, marriage and the family. Religious teachings about the role of the family and models of family life. Arranged marriage, roles of children and religious responsibilities, achieving religious adulthood, the significance of the home and family life. Challenges to religious teachings and practices from secular sources or other faiths.

• The structure, nature and role of one faith community within the United Kingdom (UK). How a particular religion is organised from local level (the place of worship) to national (UK) and international level, and the relationship between each different level. The importance of each level of organisation for an individual and for the religion as a whole in the UK. The effect of each level of organisation upon UK society as a whole, local and national.

• Interfaith relations and dialogue. Examples of interfaith relations and dialogue; national a and international organisations such as World Congress of Faiths and Inter-Faith Network for the UK. Specific examples of interfaith relations, for example, Council for Christians and Jews working at local level with meetings, discussions and conferences. The impact of interfaith dialogue and relations upon religions involved in such activities and those who are not. The impact of interfaith action and co-operation upon UK society as a whole. Candidates will be expected to illustrate their answers by reference to specific examples drawn from their knowledge of religion(s) in the United Kingdom (UK) today. They should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the range of practice and attitudes across different groups within the religion(s) concerned.

Key Activities / Homework Keywords tasks, comprehension.

Watch clips which contextualise the key issues and can be applied to real life, discuss, practice application to examination questions

Assessments AQA examination questions
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Revision Guide, Victor Watton Islam,

AQA website, News websites

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives AQA Religious Studies A2

Unit 3 (Islam) and Unit 4 (Religion and contemporary society )

Key Activities / Homework Keywords tasks, comprehension.

Watch clips which contextualise the key issues and can be applied to real life, discuss, practice application to examination questions

Assessments AQA examination questions
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Revision Guide, Victor Watton Islam,

AQA website, News websites

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives AQA Religious Studies A2

Unit 3 (Islam) and Unit 4 (Religion and contemporary society )

Key Activities / Homework Keywords tasks, comprehension.

Watch clips which contextualise the key issues and can be applied to real life, discuss, practice application to examination questions

Assessments AQA examination questions
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Revision Guide, Victor Watton Islam,

AQA website, News websites