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Understanding Humanism Resources

Understanding Humanism Resources

 

This is a great website created by the Humanist Society of Scotland to understand Humanist views on things.

https://www.humanism.scot/what-we-do/education/education-resources/

It includes

What is Humanism?

PDF

Bioethics

PDF

The Origin of Religion

PDF

Humanist Responses to Various Moral Issues –

Great for assignments or assessments where you need a non religious viewpoint!

https://www.humanism.scot/what-we-do/previous-campaigns/the-h-factor/

Responses to Origins of the Universe and Life

PDF

This is a good website to get viewpoints from to add into any pieces of work in RME. For teachers there are examples of lesson plans etc!

 

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What do I need to do in my RMPS Assignment?

What do I need to do in my RMPS Assignment?

RMPS Assignment.pngThe write-ups for RMPS N5 and Higher Assignments are coming up. So below is a guide to help you complete your assignment and achieve a great result.

Use the guides, the booklet and this rmps-assignment-planner to help you

National 5

The Task

 

The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills and knowledge and understanding to research a religious, moral or philosophical issue of your choice. This may be related to areas you have studied in class if you wish, but you are free to research any relevant topic or issue. For help with topics see here. 

The assignment is worth 20 marks. The marks contribute 25% of the overall marks for the Course assessment. The Course will be graded A–D. This means that it can have a massive impact on your final grade.

The assessment for the assignment will be in the form of a report of your research and findings. You must complete this report within one hour.

The Resource Sheet

You will have the RMPS Resource Sheet which you can refer to as you produce a report of your findings. This will help you produce your report of your assignment. You must use only one side of this single sheet and be no more than 200 words.

The Resource Sheet will not be marked; you will only be awarded marks for what you include in your report. You must not use it to pre-write your report, however it is fine to copy quotations in full. No marks will be awarded for directly copying extended pieces of text/narrative from the Resource Sheet.

What are we marked on?

A. Identify an appropriate religious, moral or philosophical issue

How you can do this

Identify a religious, moral or philosophical issue. Your issue can be religious or moral or philosophical or any combination of these. Your issue should allow you to:

¨     find relevant factual information and relevant viewpoints

¨     comment on the significance or impact of the issue

¨     come to a conclusion which you can support with reasons

B. Comment on the significance or impact of the issue

How you can do this

Your comment should focus on the significance or impact of the religious, moral or philosophical issue you have been studying.

This means you need to show you understand the issue or topic you have chosen. You are showing the marker you know that the issue is important. Perhaps this would be referring to current debate, recent news articles, how important the issue is. Obviously this would depend completely on your chosen topic as to what would be appropriate to include.

C. Use information from different sources

How you can do this

You will need to:

¨     collect information which will help you come to a conclusion on the issue

¨     find out about facts and viewpoints

¨     take a note of where you found this information

Collecting information

You should collect evidence relevant to the issue, from a range of sources. This may include, for example:

¨     websites/blogs

¨     newspapers/magazines (print or electronic)

¨     books

¨     religious texts

¨     visits or fieldtrips

¨     television/video

¨     radio/podcasts

¨     textbooks

¨     interviews/questionnaires

¨     artefacts

¨     iconography

Taking a note of the sources you have used

When presenting evidence from sources, you should say where the information comes from.

It is useful to reference the sources you have used. You can quote directly or put it in your own words. For example:

1 Corinthians 13 states that….

Or

In The Blind Watchmaker Dawkins argues that….

Or

The Buddhist Wheel of Life shows….

Or

The BBC Religion and Ethics website states that…. (full URL for websites are not required)

It is important to think about the reliability and appropriateness of the sources you use.

See here for some research ideas

D. Use knowledge and understanding to explain and analyse aspects of the issue

How you can do this

Use accurate knowledge to explain key aspects of the issue. Explaining and analysing the issue could require you to make links between factors or different aspects of the issue, and show that you have understood how these different factors affect each other, for example:

¨     People who believe in a literal interpretation of religious creation stories will reject scientific accounts of the origin of the universe. This may lead them to mistrust science in general, which in turn may affect…

¨     Religious people may agree with non-religious people that the issue of mankind’s responsibility for the environment is a moral issue, because they believe that…

E. Present a conclusion about the issue

F. Support the conclusion with reasons

How you can do this

Present a conclusion which is supported with valid reasons.

Your conclusion may be presented at any point in your writing, for example, as you present your evidence or at the end.

Concluding that you are unsure is fine, providing you can support your view with clear reasons.

Higher

This assignment is worth 30 marks out of a total of 90 marks for the Course. The marks contribute approximately 33% of the overall marks for the Course assessment. The Course will be graded A–D. This therefore can have a massive impact on your final grade! 

As with the N5 Assignment you need to choose an appropriate issue and topic. Complete research on it and analyse and evaluate the debate surrounding the topic. There are 3 things that you will be marked on.

 

 

A  Knowledge and Understanding (12 marks)

Researching the issue

You should use a range of sources of information, to which you should refer to in your assignment. (See above for examples of the different types of research you could complete)

Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the issue

You should use your knowledge and understanding to support your response to the issue.

This is where you show off what you have learned about the topic.

B   Analysis (10 marks)

Analysing the issue

Analysis involved identifying parts, the relationship between them, and their relationships with the whole. It can also involve drawing out and relating implications.

Analyse

Synthesising information in a structured manner

You should draw together a range of information in response to the issue. Bring together your arguments and support draw links between your different pieces of information.

Explaining the significance or impact of the issue

You should explain the significance or impact of the issue. Explain why it is such an important topic or issue.

C   Evaluation (8 marks)

Evaluate

Evaluating different viewpoints on the issue

You should evaluate different viewpoints on the issue. Evaluation involves making reasoned judgements.

Presenting a detailed explanation of supporting information and potential challenges/counter-arguments

You should comment on arguments, challenges and/or counter-arguments in terms of, for example: validity, quality, strengths, weaknesses, consistency, etc.

Presenting a reasoned and well-structured conclusion on the issue

You should draw and present a reasoned conclusion on the issue. Your conclusion should include an overall judgement about the issue.

Use the support on this website and come on a Tuesday after school to get extra help!

GOOD LUCK!

 

Racism (in Sport) – Articles and Research Help

Racism (in Sport) – Articles and Research Help

I am putting together a series of Blog Posts with relevant articles that will help you with assignment and AVU research. These will help ensure you have reliable sources and not relying on Wikipedia. These will be updated as more articles come out.

Christian Response to Racism

This website doesn’t purely focus on Racism in Sport, but racism in general. You can use this information to apply to your learning and essays about racism in sport.

Buddhist Response to Buddhism

Again this is not about Racism in sport but you can apply your learning to Sport.

Statistics and reaction from footballers to racism in the World Cup

BBC Sport Article focusing on Racism in football and how it can affect the World Cup.

Complaints being reported are on the rise.

Guardian Article about Kick it Out, the body who records and investigates Racial Incidents.

UEFA Website

Official UEFA guidance on Racism in Sport

Yougov- Website

Statistics on Attitudes towards Racism.

 

Death Penalty Articles

Death Penalty Articles

I am putting together a series of Blog Posts with relevant articles that will help you with assignment and AVU research. These will help ensure you have reliable sources and not relying on Wikipedia.  These will be updated as new articles are found.

BBC Ethics – Capital Punishment 

Great for all round Information on Capital Punishment and arguments for an against.

Amnesty International

They are against the Death Penalty as they believe it is a breach of Human Rights. Be careful for Bias.

Interview with someone who was on Death Row

This will provide a first hand account of the death penalty.

Life and Death Row- BBC Iplayer

A Series from the BBC about inmates, victims, families and how they are affected by the Death Penalty in the USA.

The Man who witnessed 219 Executions – BBC Iplayer

An interview with an executioner.

Humanism thoughts on Crime and Punishment

This is a fact sheet produced by Humanists explaining their ideas about Crime and Punishment.

Opinion in the USA about the Death Penalty

This article from TIME magazine explains different ideas about death penalty in the USA.

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Recent Reforms in the USA

Recent Reforms in the USA

Alongside Donald Trump being voted in to the US Presidency last week there were many other votes taking place across America that cover a number of Moral Issues including The Death Penalty, Abortion, Global Warming, Minimum Wage, Health Care, Gun Laws, Homelessness, Charity, Aid, Contraception, Animal Hunting, Euthanasia, Marijuana and Religious Schools.

Many topics that are often covered in assignments.

Read about the results here.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/08/state-ballot-initiative-election-results-live-marijuana-death-penalty-healthcare

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/california-death-penalty-vote-us-election-abolish-capital-punishment-proposition-62-a7404456.html

https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/oct/15/us-election-ballots-listed

Euthanasia Articles

Euthanasia Articles

I am putting together a series of Blog Posts with relevant articles that will help with assignment and AVU research. These will help with you ensure you have reliable sources.

Charities – Additional Resources

Charities – Additional Resources

Here are some useful pages for help with looking at charities. If you are completing the course on charities and researching.

OSCR

OSCR is the organisation that all charities must register with. On their website you can search the local area to see what charities there is and further information about the charities. Here are all the charities in East Lothian.

OSCR Website

How to help a charity

There are many ways you can help a charity without giving money. Here is a list of some ideas. Ways of giving to a charity without money.

Arguments for and Against Helping a Charity.

There are many arguments for and against helping charities. There are some that argue that it is ethically wrong to give to charity, others argue it is part pop human nature. This website here is helpful in providing arguments for and against.

BBC Ethics

Fundraising

Here is some ideas as to how best to fundraise.

Fundraising Ideas

How charities are fundraising – The Guardian Article

How to change the World – Guardian Article

 

Assignment Resources and Websites

Assignment Resources and Websites

This is a list of some recommended websites and resources. It will be added to as we find more resources. If you know of any other good websites or resources please add them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

BBC Religion –

This is a good general website for ideas, resources and articles on many different topics. Use the search bar to help find information on your topic.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion

BBC Ethics – 

These are guides on some main issues that you may be studying. It give a lot of information on different topics including religious and non religious views.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/guide/

Amnesty International

Some good information on human rights, torture, capital punishment. Although be careful of bias!

https://www.amnesty.org.uk

Humanism UK

Great guides on different topics demonstrating the humanist approach to many moral issues.

https://humanism.org.uk/education/for-students/

Issues Online

Issues online is a great resource for articles, facts and statistics on a wide range of topics.

www.issuesonline.co.uk

Ask your teacher for the username and password.

TrueTube

Lots of short videos about a range of topics.

https://www.truetube.co.uk

The Guardian

Search by topic to find relevant news articles.

Capital Punishment

https://www.theguardian.com/world/capital-punishment

General Religion

https://www.theguardian.com/world/religion

Stephen Fry on The Existence of God

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/feb/01/stephen-fry-god-evil-maniac-irish-tv

Marriage Equality

https://www.theguardian.com/society/gay-marriage

Abortion

https://www.theguardian.com/world/abortion

Euthanasia/ Assisted Dying

https://www.theguardian.com/society/assisted-suicide

My Thoughts on the threats to Stirling University Religion Department

As a former student of Stirling University and someone who is desperate to return in the future to complete more studies in Religion. I was devestated to hear the news on Friday night of the threat to close Stirling Uni.

A few of my National 5 pupils have said to me they want to study religion further, to which I obviously said “go to stirling! It’s the best university”. The religion department is a small department, however that is why i liked it. I remember going to Edinburgh university for an open day getting moved from room to room meeting countless people and feeling there was no sense of community or coherence. I also remember thinking it was too “god” focused.

Stirling Religion students and staff were a family, the tutors would say hi to you in the corridor, they would know you by name and you would feel like they made an extra effort to include you as part of the clan. I still talk daily to people I went to university with and can reference lectures and tutorials, who led them and what they said. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for History, the other part of my degree, where I felt a bit of a drifter between tutors.

It would be a travesty if this was to end.

Please sign the petition and follow this story here.

August 2015: Religion at Stirling under threat