Religious Studies A Level OCR New Specification
Length of course: 5 full-day sessions
Boards: OCR H573 only
This course is board-specific for the NEW OCR specification (H573).
This course is for A level students only.
This course is not suitable for AS level students studying Religious Studies AS OCR New Specification (H172).
This course is not suitable for students re-sitting units from the outgoing Religious Studies A2 OCR (H572) specification.
Please note that the Developments in religious thought topic will be covered in relation to
Philosophy of religion
- Ancient philosophical influences
- The nature of the soul, mind and body
- Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
- The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
- The nature and impact of religious experience
- The nature and attributes of God
- Religious language: Negative, Analogical or Symbolic
- Twentieth century perspectives and philosophical comparisons
Religion and ethics
- Normative ethical theories
- The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
- Meta-ethical theories
- Sexual ethics
Developments in religious thought
- Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
- Section 1: Beliefs, teachings and ideas about human life, the world and ultimate reality
(Augustine on human nature and Christian views on death and the afterlife)
- Section 2: Knowledge of God (Knowledge of God’s existence and the person of Jesus Christ)
- Section 3: Christian Moral Principles (The Bible, Church and reason as sources of wisdom and authority) & Christian Moral action (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
- Section 4: Developments in Christian Thought (Religious pluralism and theology, Religious pluralism and society)
- Section 5: The relationship between religion and society (Gender and society, Gender and theology
- Section 6: Challenges facing religious thought (Secularism, Liberation theology and Marx)