This topic summary booklet is intended for independent study or to aid revision for the topic of ‘Sexual Ethics’ in the Ethics section of the course. Each booklet is downloaded as both a Word document and a PDF, for compatibility.
This 15-page summary booklet specifically follow the requirements of the OCR A Level Religious Studies Spec, though they can be edited easily for other specifications. They explore appropriate AO1 (knowledge and understanding) followed by AO2 (analysis and evaluation), culminating in exam practise with a choice of four essay titles.
The Summary Booklets can be used as lesson companions or as self-study/revision booklet. They are versatile resources for both class and home, and are especially useful in aiding progress via remote learning.
o Premarital sex
o Extramarital sex
The influence and developments in religious beliefs and practices on debates about the morality, legality and tolerability of these areas of sexual ethics
Application of the following theories to these areas of sexual ethics:
o Natural Law
o Situation Ethics
o Kantian Ethics
Knowledge and understanding (AO1) relating to:
Traditional beliefs and practices regarding premarital sex, extramarital sex and homosexuality
How these beliefs and practices have changed over time, including:
o Key teachings influencing beliefs and practices
o The ideas of religious figures and institutions
The impact of secularism on these areas of sexual ethics
How these theories might be used to make moral decisions in these areas of sexual ethics
Issues raised in the application of these theories
Analysis and evaluation (AO2) relating to:
Whether or not religious beliefs and practices concerning sex and relationships have a continuing role in the area of sexual ethics
Whether choices in the area of sexual behaviour should be entirely private and personal, or whether they should be subject to societal norms and legislation
Whether normative theories are useful in what they might say about sexual ethics
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