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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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