Philosophy and World Religions

"When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat. Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living."

The Philosophy and World Religions course is delivered via the Goldsmiths' Sutherland Centre at Ashton Sixth Form College and in close collaboration with the Department of Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester. It examines broad questions of theology and philosophy and encourages pupils to think laterally about their learning.

The seminar series for this course is themed around the question, "How to Change the World with Words". Students examine the following key ideas, questions and figures:

  • How to Do Things with Words

  • How to find the right words and how to take your word for it: Interpretation, testimony and power.

  • Can sharing lived experiences create change? 

  • Words on Objects, Objects with Words

  • The First Woman Question: Eve and the Women’s Movement

  • How AI is changing the world with words: Communication and chatbots

Pupils on all six Year 12 strands participate in Access Week at the end of the intensive course, allowing for space and time to be dedicated to more specific areas of study led by our team of tutors.

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