The Philosophy and Ethics course at SHTC incorporates aspects of the RS, PSHE and Citizenship programmes of study as part of an integrated approach. This provides you with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare you to play a full and active part in society as responsible citizens and to be equipped to make moral judgements. In particular, there is a focus on developing your awareness and understanding of ethical dilemmas, lifestyle choices, and how UK laws are made and upheld. You are encouraged to think critically about your own and others beliefs, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments.
This is a two year course which consists of a range of units. Each asks a philosophical and/or ethical question, such as ‘Identity: Who Am I?’, ‘Where Did the Universe Come From?’ and ‘Why Do We Suffer?’
Work will be evaluated throughout the units, and each unit will include an assessment or assessed piece of work.
This subject will aid any career that needs skills such as critical analysis, moral and ethical problem solving, balancing a range of viewpoints: eg. Law, Counselling, Social Services, Teaching and/or Lecturing, Criminology, Police Force, Medicine, Child/Adult Psychology, Management and Business.
Each fortnight you will be timetabled one period of 60 minutes in Y7, and two periods in Y8. These are used to encourage you to learn about religious and secular beliefs - to enable diverse understanding and inspire tolerance - and learn from religious and secular beliefs by relating some of the ideas examined to your own life. Lessons will range from independent research tasks, to group and class discussions, from media use to games and quizzes.
Many moral issues are covered in the light of different secular and religious views. The course nurtures a wider appreciation of the mind, society, the world and spiritual aspects of human kind. A range of generic skills are also developed, including the following: the ability to research the issues of the day, evaluate them and then give your own opinion on them; the ability to communicate with a wide range of people in an empathetic and sympathetic way; the ability to present a balanced argument using evidence to support different viewpoints; the ability to working with and learn from others. Therefore, the subject gives you both academic skills and life skills.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)