Programmes of Study: Ages 14-18

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SUBJECT CONTENT in the Programme of Study Ages 14-18

Pupils should be taught about:

BI 1: Continuity, Change and Diversity

  • the contested meaning of the word ‘religion’ and about how or whether a religious worldview may be clearly distinguished from a non-religious worldview
  • how during the 20th and 21st centuries systems of belief have had to respond to new global, political and social issues.
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BI 2: Words and Beyond

  • the use of specialised religious language and how people may use metaphor and analogy to describe metaphysical or abstract concepts
  • artists and musicians of all genres who have created works in order to express their, or their sponsors’, views on a moral or religious issue
  • how people inside and outside a tradition are likely to interpret its creative works very differently
  • people who are learning to value and be moved by the arts of traditions other than their own.
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BI 3: A Good Life

  • different theories about how and why humans ought to live a good life
  • why religious and non-religious groups agree on some moral issues and disagree on others
  • attempts by religious and non-religious organisations to identify rules and principles that should apply universally
  • why some religions / worldviews have different expectations for different groups of people.
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BI 4: Making Sense of Life’s Experiences

  • different views about ‘consciousness’ and different views about ‘spirituality’
  • the potential impact on individuals from membership of groups with whom they share beliefs, values and traditions.
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BI 5: Influence and Power

  • why religions / worldviews may hold varying degrees of influence and power in a particular society
  • how, when an aspect of a religion / worldview, such as a text or leader, becomes authoritative in a community, it may be used to justify social and political actions
  • how the outcomes of these actions can be varied and complex
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BI 6: The Big Picture

  • the overarching narratives of religions / worldviews, sometimes called ‘grand narratives’
  • the focus of most narratives on the relationship between God or ultimate reality and the world, the nature of human beings and their place in the universe
  • how most narratives that attempt to explain what the world is like claim an authority for their explanation
  • variations of belief within each tradition about the truth and meaning of these narratives
  • why many religious people accept scientific accounts and find no conflict with their religious beliefs, while others, both religious and non-religious, say it is only possible to believe one or the other.
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[Source: BIIP2022, pp. 39-44]

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1. Continuity, Change and Diversity

(within and across traditions, through time and places)

speech bubble and thought bubble

2. Words and Beyond

(expression/interpretation through texts and creative arts)

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3. A Good Life

(being a good person, living a good life, ethics)

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4. Making Sense of Life’s Experiences

(life experience, religious experience, ritual)

a fist a hand and an open palm

5. Influence and Power

(social, cultural, political influences and interactions)

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6. The Big Picture

(overall account of life/ universe / everything)