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Resources for Philosophy, Ethics, Islam

Former LSE lecturer, now teaching Philosophy & Religion at Stowe School. Teaches GCSE (AQA) and A Level (Edexcel). Tweets @drpdennis

Former LSE lecturer, now teaching Philosophy & Religion at Stowe School. Teaches GCSE (AQA) and A Level (Edexcel). Tweets @drpdennis
Proportionalism (Edexcel new spec)
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Proportionalism (Edexcel new spec)

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Students discover, apply, and evaluate Bernard Hoose’s proportionalism. Applications include some of the later topics e.g. in medical ethics, sexual ethics & war & peace. Lesson 4 of a 5 part series Fully resourced lesson with PowerPoint & worksheet. Pedagogical approach based on Rosenshine’s principles Review of prior learning Worked examples L/Os revisited throughout the lesson Question bank for class tests. Click, print, teach!
Doctrine of Double Effect (Edexcel new spec)
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Doctrine of Double Effect (Edexcel new spec)

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Students apply Aquinas’s doctrine of double effect to real world scenarios and evaluate its strengths & weaknesses. Applications include some of the later topics e.g. in medical ethics, sexual ethics & war & peace. Lesson 3 of a 5 part series Fully resourced lesson with PowerPoint & worksheet. Pedagogical approach based on Rosenshine’s principles Recap of prior learning Worked examples L/Os revisited throughout the lesson Question bank for class tests. Click, print, teach!
Edexcel RS A Level *new spec* Islam 4D: Gender & Islam (Unit 6.2) Extract 4: Leyla Ahmed
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Edexcel RS A Level *new spec* Islam 4D: Gender & Islam (Unit 6.2) Extract 4: Leyla Ahmed

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Helps prepare students for a 10, 20, or 30 mark essay on Ahmed or gender Breaks down Ahmed’s text into four key ideas Contains key quotes & key passages for the exam Contains strengths and weaknesses for A02 component Flipped lesson idea for high ability: Students read Ahmed text for homework and produce 500-1000 word summary. The worksheet is then used to clear up misunderstandings and focus discussion. Alternatively, serves as a standalone lesson for a lower ability group. Lesson time: 60 minutes
Deontology: Basic Concepts (Edexcel A Level *new spec*)
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Deontology: Basic Concepts (Edexcel A Level *new spec*)

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Contrasts deontology and consequentialism, and applies deontological reasoning to everyday actions. Also covers “social, political, and cultural influences” as required by the spec. Fully resourced lesson with PowerPoint & worksheet. Pedagogical approach based on Rosenshine’s principles: recap of prior learning, worked examples, L/Os revisited throughout the lesson, & question bank for class tests.
Kant's Categorical Imperative (Edexcel A Level Ethics *new spec*)
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Kant's Categorical Imperative (Edexcel A Level Ethics *new spec*)

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Covers hypothetical vs. categorical imperatives, Kant’s three formulations, application in everyday cases, and strengths & weaknesses, including criticism from W.D. Ross. Fully resourced lesson with PowerPoint & worksheet. Pedagogical approach based on Rosenshine’s principles: recap of prior learning, worked examples, L/Os revisited throughout the lesson, & question bank for class tests. Part of a 7 part series on deontology (Unit 5.1)
Utilitarianism: Strengths & Weaknesses (Edexcel new spec)
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Utilitarianism: Strengths & Weaknesses (Edexcel new spec)

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Covers strengths & weaknesses of all versions of utiliarianism required by the spec: act, rule, hedonistic, negative, ideal, preference, including quantitative vs. qualitative hedonism. Gives the students everything they need to answer a 30 mark “Evaluate” quesiton. Fully resourced lesson with PowerPoint & worksheet. Pedagogical approach based on Rosenshine’s principles: recap of prior learning, worked examples, L/Os revisited throughout the lesson, & question bank for class tests.
Ideal, negative, & preference utilitarianism (Edexcel new spec)
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Ideal, negative, & preference utilitarianism (Edexcel new spec)

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Covers all three “developments” of utilitarianism required by the spec: ideal (Moore), negative (Pooper), & preference utilitarianism (Singer). Lesson 4 of a 5 lesson series. Fully resourced lesson with PowerPoint & worksheet Pedagogical approach based on Rosenshine’s principles Recap of prior learning, worked examples L/Os revisited throughout the lesson Question bank for class tests. Click, print, teach!
Extract 1: William Barclay on Situation Ethics (Edexcel new spec)
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Extract 1: William Barclay on Situation Ethics (Edexcel new spec)

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Students discover, apply, and evaluate Bernard Hoose’s proportionalism. Applications include some of the later topics e.g. in medical ethics, sexual ethics & war & peace. Lesson 3 of a 3 part series on situationism Fully resourced lesson with PowerPoint & worksheet. Pedagogical approach based on Rosenshine’s principles Review of prior learning Worked examples L/Os revisited throughout the lesson Question bank for class tests. Click, print, teach!
Fletcher's Situation Ethics (Edexcel new spec)
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Fletcher's Situation Ethics (Edexcel new spec)

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Students discover, apply, and evaluate Fletcher’s working principles & fundamental propositions. Lesson 2 of a 3 part series on situation ethics. Fully resourced lesson with PowerPoint & worksheet. Pedagogical approach based on Rosenshine’s principles Review of prior learning Worked examples L/Os revisited throughout the lesson Question bank for class tests. Click, print, teach!
Utilitarianism: Social, political, & historical background (Edexcel new spec)
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Utilitarianism: Social, political, & historical background (Edexcel new spec)

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Covers basic concepts, key figures, and social, political, & historical background. Lesson 1 of a 5 lesson series. Fully resourced lesson with PowerPoint & worksheet. Pedagogical approach based on Rosenshine’s principles Recap of prior learning L/Os revisited throughout the lesson Question bank for class tests. Click, print, teach!
Edexcel RS A Level *new spec* Islam 4D: Islam & Science Unit 4.5 (a)
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Edexcel RS A Level *new spec* Islam 4D: Islam & Science Unit 4.5 (a)

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A pair of lessons on (i) Ibn Sina & the Falsafa and (ii) Al-Ghazali. Covers unit 4.5(a) of Edexcel paper 4D (Islam) (i) Ibn Sina & the Falsafa Powerpoint presentation (ii) Ibn Sina & the Falsafa Powerpoint presentation Worksheet with key information and tasks Practice 12 mark exam question on exam board paper so students can see the length required. Can be done as timed assignment in class or for homework. Mark scheme/ ideas board included in the worksheet.
Edexcel RS A Level *new spec* Islam 4D: Pluralism & Multi-faith (Unit 6.1, sections c, d & e)
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Edexcel RS A Level *new spec* Islam 4D: Pluralism & Multi-faith (Unit 6.1, sections c, d & e)

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Comprehensive colour worksheet relevant for sections c, d, & e of Unit 6.1 Chronological overview of historical Islamic responses to pluralism from Muhammad to present day. Prepares students to answer a 30 mark question on Muslim responses to pluralism: “Evaluate the ways in which Islam has responded to the challenge of pluralism (30 marks)” Prepares students to answer an 8 mark question on Wahhabism Includes multimedia research task set for homework on Christian-Muslim dialogue Lesson time: 1-1.5 hours Homework time: 1-2 hours
Edexcel RS A Level *new spec*  Islam 4D: (Unit 6.3a) Sharia Law, including key scholar Mona Siddiqui
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Edexcel RS A Level *new spec* Islam 4D: (Unit 6.3a) Sharia Law, including key scholar Mona Siddiqui

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Prepares students to answer 12 or 30 mark question on Sharia law. Contrasts liberal vs. orthodox interpretations of the Sharia Spotlight on Sharia law in the UK, with A02 questions for students Spotlight on key scholar Mona Siddiqui Instructions to students for notetaking Includes 12 mark question on real exam paper and indicative content (mark scheme & ideas board) Lesson time: 1h20 - 2 hours Timed 12 mark essay can be done in class or set for homework