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Religion and Ethics for OCR: The Complete Resource for Component 02 of the New AS and A Level Specifications

Religion and Ethics for OCR: The Complete Resource for Component 02 of the New AS and A Level Specifications

Mark Coffey, Dennis Brown

ISBN: 978-1-509-51016-0 October 2016 Polity 254 Pages


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Religion and Ethics for OCR is an ideal guide for students taking the Religion and Ethics option of either the new AS Level or A Level qualification offered by OCR, starting in September 2016. Drawing on insights gained over years of teaching and following the OCR course outlines closely, Mark Coffey and Dennis Brown's landmark book includes:

  • up-to-date discussions of key debates in religion and ethics
  • ethical theories set in their historical context
  • discussion of contemporary developments in science, technology and society
  • helpful guidance on writing excellent exam answers
  • detailed guidance on OCR's assessment criteria and how best to meet them
  • profiles of leading ethical, philosophical and religious thinkers, a glossary and helpful chapter summaries
  • discussion questions, activity boxes and thought points.

Religion and Ethics for OCR provides a rigorous and accessible introduction to both historical and contemporary debates in religion and ethics, including chapters on euthanasia and on sex and sexuality. Written with clarity and attention to detail, the book's user-friendly style will assist all students to achieve their best.


Related Resources

How to use this book
Ethical thinker's timeline
Introduction: The OCR Specification and exam technique

Section One - Normative Ethical Theories: Religious Approaches 
1- Natural Law
2- Situation Ethics
Section Two - Normative Ethical Theories: Secular Approaches 
3- Utilitarianism
4- Kantian Ethics
Section Three - Applied Ethics
5- Euthanasia
6- Business Ethics
Section Four - Ethical Language & Significant Ideas
7- Metaethics
8- Conscience: Aquinas and Freud
Section Five - Developments in Ethical Thought
9- Sexual Ethics
Illustration Credits

'This is an extremely thorough and versatile book that will effectively meet the demands of the diligent student and support the needs of the teacher delivering the new A Level course. It is a very welcome addition to the important subject area of ethics and religion.'—Richard Gray, author and Senior Examiner

'Coffey and Brown have addressed every aspect of the Ethics option of the new OCR Specification for AS and A Level Religious Studies. The text will prove an excellent handbook both for teachers and for students. The authors have paid special attention to the greater weight given in the new examination to the need to critically evaluate normative ethical theories and the applied ethical topics. It is an essential text for the OCR Course and for similar courses offered by other examination boards, and it has an academic depth which will stretch students to reach their full potential.'—Keith Noakes, Latymer Upper School