Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies offers an opportunity to examine facts and beliefs from the main world religions. Pupils are also encouraged to consider their own personal beliefs and values, the reasoning behind them and why these beliefs matter.
The course begins by considering human uniqueness and commonality and, within that context, to recognise the difference between and importance of facts and beliefs. Pupils examine some religious beliefs about God and about life after death. They learn a little about the Buddhist approach to belief before completing a unit of work encompassing the many facets of worship.
Pupils study basic morality, thinking about the importance of rules and guidance, both religious and secular, in society. Pupils also examine the life and teaching of Jesus. They take part in the ‘Inspire-Aspire’ national poster campaign where they reflect on their personal values, both at present and for the future .
Pupils continue a broad general education in RMPS by taking part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (www.goypi.org for further information) which requires engagement with charities addressing local social needs. Then pupils study some beliefs and practices in Islam.
Pupils complete a National 4/ National 5 unit on Morality and Belief. This requires them to look at issues surrounding conflict from both religious and non-religious viewpoints. Pupils study why countries go to war, the effects and results of war, Just War Theory, pacifism and current peace-keeping efforts. Pupils are expected and encouraged to develop and justify opinions of their own.