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Religious Education: Area of Study 2: Religion and Ethics

Resources to support senior religious education curriculum.

RE Unit 2 AOS 2

Religion and ethics

In this area of study students examine religious ethical perspectives and other influences on moral judgments of at least two religious traditions in societies where multiple worldviews coexist. They also explore the philosophical traditions which have contributed to each religion’s understanding of ethics. Certain authorities, values, norms, ideas, and ethical principles inform broad ethical perspectives and in turn moral judgments within religious and philosophical traditions. Other aspects of religion, in particular beliefs and texts, inform the decision-making process for religious traditions.

RE Unit 2 AOS2: Religion and Ethics

Key knowledge

  • the authorities, principles, values, norms and ideas informing ethical perspectives of at least two religious traditions in societies in which multiple worldviews coexist
  • the ethical decision-making methods, including the philosophical traditions that have influenced the understanding of ethical perspectives of the religious traditions
  • how the ethical perspectives of religious traditions inform the moral judgments of their religious communities
  • the aspects of religion related to ethical decision-making processes in religious traditions.

Key skills

  • identify the authorities, principles, values, norms and ideas informing ethical perspectives of religious traditions
  • explain the ethical decision-making methods that have informed the ethical perspectives of religious traditions
  • explain how the ethical perspectives of religious traditions inform the moral judgments of their religious communities
  • interpret, synthesise and apply primary and secondary source material.

Euthanasia - Islamic stance

  • What do the texts of the tradition say?
  • What frameworks and documents has the tradition developed?
  • What are the specific theological beliefs and their influence?
  • Who are the authorities?
  • Where does authority come from?
  • Social Structure: who are the organisations and people involved?
  • What philosophical traditions do they draw on?
  • What ethical methods (from AOS1) do they use?

Euthanasia - Hindu stance

  1. What do the texts of the tradition say?
  2. What frameworks and documents has the tradition developed?
  3. What are the specific theological beliefs and their influence?
  4. Who are the authorities?
  5. Where does authority come from?
  6. Social Structure: who are the organisations and people involved?
  7. What philosophical traditions do they draw on?
  8. What ethical methods (from AOS1) do they use?

Euthanasia - Buddhist stance

  1. What do the texts of the tradition say?
  2. What frameworks and documents has the tradition developed?
  3. What are the specific theological beliefs and their influence?
  4. Who are the authorities?
  5. Where does authority come from?
  6. Social Structure: who are the organisations and people involved?
  7. What philosophical traditions do they draw on?
  8. What ethical methods (from AOS1) do they use?

Euthanasia - Jewish stance

  • What do the texts of the tradition say?
  • What frameworks and documents has the tradition developed?
  • What are the specific theological beliefs and their influence?
  • Who are the authorities?
  • Where does authority come from?
  • Social Structure: who are the organisations and people involved?
  • What philosophical traditions do they draw on?
  • What ethical methods (from AOS1) do they use?

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