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Philosophy of Religion & Ethics in Education (MA)

Course Description

MA Philosophy of Religion & Ethics in Education
This innovative masters degree is aimed specifically at teachers of philosophy of religion and ethics in schools, particularly those who deliver, or wish to deliver, the A Level syllabi.

The programme combines taught modules carefully focused on topics on the A Level syllabi with a module on Teaching Philosophy of Religion & Ethics, which includes training in the methodology of Philosophy for Children. It is suitable both for those with previous education in these areas of study, and those seeking a rigorous introduction.

The programme consists of four modules, three of which are shared with MA Philosophy & Religion students, and a dissertation:

Teaching Philosophy of Religion & Ethics is unique to this degree and combines in-depth discussion of the requirements and resources for A level syllabi, training in teaching generic philosophical skills of reasoning and argument, and the Philosophy for Children methodology. This module is recognised by SAPERE (www.sapere.org.uk) for Level 1 training and qualification.

Reason & Religion examines historical and contemporary topics such as arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of religious belief and language, and ideas of the afterlife.

Foundations of Ethics is an introduction to some major themes in ethical theory and areas of contemporary debate. Themes studied include major influences on ethical debate (relativism, utilitarianism, Kantianism, virtue ethics); the distinctive contributions of Christian ethics; law and morality; conscience; human rights.

Two options from:
Ethical Issues Today
Bioethics & Sexual Ethics
Unity & Diversity in Contemporary islamic Thought

Evenings and four Saturdays in Michaelmas Term (Teaching Philosophy of Religion & Ethics module)

PGCert Philosophy of Religion & Ethics in Education
PGDip Philosophy of Religion & Ethics in Education

A range of bursaries and scholarships are available to help eligible students meet the cost of the tuition fees.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject

Course Fees

£4,500 (full-time, Home & EU fees), £2,350 (part-time Home & EU fees), £11,500 (full-time International fees)

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