Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
RPE (Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics) is a subject focused around introducing students to a range of perspectives about the world they may not have encountered before, allowing them to grapple with some deep questions about what it means to be human. This is done by introducing students to a range of religious, non-religious, and philosophical ideas and thinking through them to formulate their own reasoned perspective on each idea.
To help students do this, they will look at topics through disciplinary lenses, which ask students to consider the question from a specific view and think about how that shapes the responses that develop. There are three main disciplines that we use at Cambourne Village College:
Theology – ‘Thinking through believing’ – This involves exploring questions and answers that arise from a range of perspectives within religions and worldviews.
Philosophy – ‘Thinking through thinking’ – This involves exploring questions and answers that arise when considering the nature of reality, knowledge, existence, morality. Students will also grapple with the ‘why’ of belief from an outside perspective.
Social Sciences – ‘Thinking through living’ – This involves exploring questions and answers that arise in relation to how beliefs (religious or not) impact on individuals, communities, societies, and the lives of others.
Most topics that students study will consider the content through a mix of disciplines to allow students to engage fully with the academic challenges of the subject.
Head of Department – Mr I Dover