Religious, Moral and Philisophical Studies
Dare you think? This has been one of great calls to intellectual arms across the centuries. In ancient Greece Socrates refused to accept superficiality and Plato called us to leave the cave of convention. Later, the Enlightenment thinkers, such as the great Scottish philosopher David Hume, promoted reason and looked for verification of accepted ‘truths’. On the backs of these ideas Darwin promoted ideas of natural selection and Einstein shook our common sense with Relativity. Religious systems of thought too adapted and changed with passing time and the ancient religions such as Hinduism and Judaism brought forth Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. Indeed so successful have these religious systems been in bringing value and meaning to people’s lives that the majority of the planet follows one of the religions mentioned. Thought and thinking are the defining elements of an examined life.
And so to return to the original question, dare you think? Have you considered your philosophy? Can you support your views? Do you understand the philosophy of others? The skills acquired in RMPS are the ultimate transferable skills because there can be no area of life- individual, family or employment- that cannot be enhanced by knowledge of humanity’s most creative thoughts.
Studying RMPS at National 4, National 5 and Higher (Level 6)
The certificate classes at levels 4,5 and 6 follow a similar pattern to study although the focus for study is different in the senior school.
In this Unit, learners will develop skills to interpret and comment on the meaning and context of sources related to Judaism (National 4 and 5) and Buddhism (Higher). They will develop in-depth factual and abstract knowledge and understanding of the impact and significance of religion today through studying some key beliefs, practices and sources found within the religions. The pupils will come to understand how religious thought provides a clear framework for living. The Higher class will visit Samye Ling Tibetan monastery.
Morality and Belief
In this Unit, learners will develop skills to evaluate and express detailed, reasoned and well-structured views about contemporary moral questions and responses. They will develop in-depth factual and theoretical knowledge and understanding of contemporary moral questions and religious and non-religious responses. The pupils will be able to make decisions based upon recognised philosophical systems.
Religious and Philosophical Questions
In this Unit, learners will develop skills to critically analyse religious and philosophical questions and responses. They will develop in-depth factual and theoretical knowledge and understanding of such ideas as Evolution and Big Bang Theory.
Advanced Higher at RMPS (Level 7)
Advanced Higher is split into three areas of study. Firstly, there is Philosophy of Religion looking at cosmological arguments, teleological arguments and atheism. Secondly the pupils study Religious Experience, through religious, sociological and psychological views. The third unit is a personal dissertation based on an area of interest in the first two units for study.
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