“If we find the answer to that (the reason why we and the universe exist) it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God.” Stephen Hawking
Through studying Philosophy and Ethics in Religious Studies, students have opportunities to explore a number of ethical issues relevant to themselves and to form personal opinions on them. They are also able to consider traditional philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God and thus gain a clearer insight into people’s lives and beliefs today.
Students are expected to be fully committed to the course, including undertaking a wide variety of background reading and extra-curricular study to support the development of their learning. Outside speakers are used on both sides of the course, giving students opportunities to hear and discuss first- hand experiences of many of the topics we study.
Through the study of Philosophy and Ethics, students will be able to question ideas and justify their own opinions on them. They will learn to research widely, deepen and refine their knowledge and represent this clearly in written form.
This high level of understanding is seen by many universities as an excellent skill to have when considering further study.