This fascinating course gives you the opportunity to explore in depth the philosophical and ethical impact religion has had on the world, both classic and contemporary. This course provides a challenging and open minded approach to the study of religion and will engage you in an interdisciplinary exploration from historical, ethical and philosophical perspectives. Studying religious studies will help you develop personally as an individual; show empathy and understanding towards sensitive issues and an awareness of cultures and traditions that living on the Isle of Wight may not always offer you. The course will be assessed with three exams with a choice of questions that will evaluate your understanding and application of the ideas studied as well as your ability to analyse and critique theories and beliefs.
This exploration is broken down into three components:
A study of religion: Buddhism: more of a philosophy than a faith; Buddha was not God, but his teachings have defined a school of thought. You will learn how a spoilt prince became enlightened and blazed a ground-breaking trail of freedom from suffering and liberation from ignorance.
Philosophy of Religion: the study of classic and modern philosophical and theological arguments that argue for and against the existence of God, challenges to the existence of God such as the problem of evil. The problem is, can we even talk meaningfully about God? What language should we use when talking about such an abstract concept?
Religion and Ethics: a comprehensive study of fundamental ethical ideas: How do we know what the right thing to do is? Have ethical ideas changed over time? What has made them change? How free are we to make moral choices?
With qualifications in religious studies you can go on to study philosophy, history, classics, archaeology, psychology, sociology and anthropology. Jobs in which this subject is useful are nursing, the police force, child-care, teaching, social work, counselling, journalism and the military.