Religious Studies Unit 1 Topics For Essays

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  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1 (candidate A): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (446.0 KB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1 (candidate A): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (1.5 MB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1 (candidate B): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (1.1 MB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1 (candidate B): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (1.4 MB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1 (candidate C): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (344.7 KB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1: Abortion/Christianity: Candidate exam responses (144.9 KB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1: Abortion/Christianity: Candidate exam responses (144.9 KB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1: Abortion/Christianity: Candidate exam responses (144.9 KB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1: Abortion/Islam: Candidate exam responses (150.2 KB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1: Abortion/Islam: Candidate exam responses (150.2 KB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1: Abortion/Islam: Candidate exam responses (150.2 KB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1: Utilitarianism (AO1): Candidate exam responses (144.2 KB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1: Utilitarianism (AO1): Candidate exam responses (144.2 KB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1: Utilitarianism (AO2): Candidate exam responses (147.2 KB)
  • RSS01: Religion and Ethics 1: Utilitarianism (AO2): Candidate exam responses (147.1 KB)
  • RSS02: Religion and Ethics 2 (candidate A): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (1.1 MB)
  • RSS02: Religion and Ethics 2 (candidate A): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (1.3 MB)
  • RSS02: Religion and Ethics 2 (candidate B): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (537.5 KB)
  • RSS02: Religion and Ethics 2 (candidate B): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (1.1 MB)
  • RSS02: Religion and Ethics 2: Natural Law: Candidate exam responses (150.6 KB)
  • RSS02: Religion and Ethics 2: Natural Law: Candidate exam responses (150.5 KB)
  • RSS03: Philosophy of Religion (candidate A): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (1.7 MB)
  • RSS03: Philosophy of Religion (candidate A): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (654.3 KB)
  • RSS03: Philosophy of Religion (candidate B): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (653.3 KB)
  • RSS04: Religion, Philosophy and Science (candidate A): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (1.2 MB)
  • RSS04: Religion, Philosophy and Science (candidate A): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (644.3 KB)
  • RSS04: Religion, Philosophy and Science (candidate B): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (922.9 KB)
  • RSS04: Religion, Philosophy and Science (candidate B): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (1.3 MB)
  • RSS04: Religion, Philosophy and Science (candidate C): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (694.5 KB)
  • RSS04: Religion, Philosophy and Science (candidate C): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (714.0 KB)
  • RSS04: Religion, Philosophy and Science (candidate D): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (1.1 MB)
  • RSS05: Religion, Art and the Media (candidate A): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (1.1 MB)
  • RSS05: Religion, Art and the Media (candidate B): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (647.5 KB)
  • RSS06: Old Testament: Candidate exam responses (175.3 KB)
  • RSS06: Old Testament: Candidate exam responses (175.3 KB)
  • RSS06: Old Testament (candidate A): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (634.6 KB)
  • RSS06: Old Testament (candidate A): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (935.3 KB)
  • RSS06: Old Testament (candidate B): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (705.8 KB)
  • RSS06: Old Testament (candidate B): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (1.8 MB)
  • RSS07: New Testament (candidate A): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (453.0 KB)
  • RSS07: New Testament (candidate A): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (2.2 MB)
  • RSS07: New Testament (candidate B): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (1.1 MB)
  • RSS07: New Testament (candidate B): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (705.6 KB)
  • RSS08: Religion and Contemporary Society (candidate A): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (765.1 KB)
  • RSS08: Religion and Contemporary Society (candidate A): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (881.3 KB)
  • RSS08: Religion and Contemporary Society (candidate B): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (762.9 KB)
  • RSS08: Religion and Contemporary Society (candidate B): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (1.5 MB)
  • RSS08: Religion and Contemporary Society (candidate C): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (996.9 KB)
  • RSS08: Religion and Contemporary Society (candidate C): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (987.2 KB)
  • RSS08: Religion and Contemporary Society (candidate D): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (1006.1 KB)
  • RSS09: World Religions 1 Buddhism (candidate A): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (698.6 KB)
  • RSS09: World Religions 1 Sikhism (candidate B): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (948.7 KB)
  • RSS10: World Religions 2 Christianity (candidate A): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (431.6 KB)
  • RSS10: World Religions 2 Islam 1 (candidate C): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (862.2 KB)
  • RSS10: World Religions 2 Judaism (candidate B): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (959.6 KB)
  • RSS10: World Religions 2: Islam (candidate A): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (1.1 MB)
  • RSS10: World Religions 2: Judaism (candidate B): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (588.6 KB)
  • RSS11: Islam 2 (candidate A): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (515.6 KB)
  • RSS11: Islam 2 (candidate A): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (882.9 KB)
  • RSS11: Islam 2 (candidate B): Candidate exam responses January 2009 (762.2 KB)
  • RSS11: Islam 2 (candidate B): Candidate exam responses June 2009 (966.2 KB)
  • RST3A: Religion and Ethics: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (152.7 KB)
  • RST3B: Philosophy of Religion: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (162.4 KB)
  • RST3B: Philosophy of Religion: The Ontological Argument: Candidate exam responses (157.1 KB)
  • RST3B: Philosophy of Religion: The Problem of Evil: Candidate exam responses (155.9 KB)
  • RST3B: The Ontological Argument: Candidate exam responses (157.0 KB)
  • RST3B: The Problem of Evil: Candidate exam responses (155.8 KB)
  • RST3D: Old Testament: Candidate exam responses (170.8 KB)
  • RST3D: Old Testament: Candidate exam responses (170.8 KB)
  • RST3D: Old Testament: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (155.7 KB)
  • RST3E: New Testament: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (163.1 KB)
  • RST3H: World Religions 2: Christianity: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (192.8 KB)
  • RST4A: Candidate exam responses June 2014 (4.2 MB)
  • RST4A: Topc III Religious Experience: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (131.5 KB)
  • RST4A: Topic I Life, Death and Beyond: Candidate exam responses (155.5 KB)
  • RST4A: Topic I Life, Death and Beyond: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (134.2 KB)
  • RST4A: Topic I Life, Death and Beyond (candidate A): Candidate exam responses (155.9 KB)
  • RST4A: Topic I Life, Death and Beyond (candidate B): Candidate exam responses (143.7 KB)
  • RST4A: Topic II Perceptions of Ultimate Reality: Candidate exam responses (156.6 KB)
  • RST4A: Topic II Perceptions of Ultimate Reality: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (126.0 KB)
  • RST4A: Topic II Perceptions of Ultimate Reality (candidate A): Candidate exam responses (148.7 KB)
  • RST4A: Topic III Religious Experience: Candidate exam responses (157.0 KB)
  • RST4A: Topic III Religious Experience: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (131.3 KB)
  • RST4A: Topic III Religious Experience (candidate A): Candidate exam responses (146.1 KB)
  • RST4A: Topic III Religious Experience (candidate B): Candidate exam responses (146.7 KB)
  • RST4B: Candidate exam responses June 2014 (2.8 MB)
  • RST4B: Topic 1 Religious Fundamentalism: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (138.0 KB)
  • RST4B: Topic I Religious Fundamentalism: Candidate exam responses (156.7 KB)
  • RST4B: Topic I Religious Fundamentalism: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (138.0 KB)
  • RST4B: Topic II Perceptions of Ultimate Reality (candidate A): Candidate exam responses (153.0 KB)
  • RST4B: Topic II Religion and Contemporary Society: Candidate exam responses (148.5 KB)
  • RST4B: Topic II Religion and Contemporary Society: Candidate exam responses (157.1 KB)
  • RST4B: Topic II Religion and Contemporary Society: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (126.8 KB)
  • RST4B: Topic III Religion and the Visual Arts: Candidate exam responses (158.6 KB)
  • RST4B: Topic III Religion and the Visual Arts: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (131.3 KB)
  • RST4C: Candidate exam responses June 2014 (3.1 MB)
  • RST4C: Topic I Religious Authority: Candidate exam responses (156.5 KB)
  • RST4C: Topic I Religious Authority: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (122.8 KB)
  • RST4C: Topic II Ways of Moral Decision-Making: Candidate exam responses (148.1 KB)
  • RST4C: Topic II Ways of Moral Decision-Making: Candidate exam responses (157.0 KB)
  • RST4C: Topic II Ways of Moral Decision-making: Candidate exam responses June 2011 (128.2 KB)
  • RST4C: Topic III Ways of Reading and Understanding Scripture: Candidate exam responses (159.7 KB)
  • RST4C: Topic III Ways of Reading and Understanding Scripture (June 2011): Candidate exam responses June 2011 (122.9 KB)

Four topics are identified for study and there will be one question based on each topic. Candidates must answer two questions.

Understanding of any one topic may be informed by a study of the others, and, where relevant, candidates may draw on material from more than one topic in their answer to any question set. To study less than the full Specification content may disadvantage a candidate's synoptic grasp of the material for study.

Where appropriate, answers should show awareness that there are differing views on the topics and issues studied.

AO1 questions will be set on the content listed below.

AO2 questions will be focused on the issues surrounding the interpretation of the material studied or on the issues arising from that material identified in the boxes below.

The use of Bibles, including the Apocrypha, is allowed in the examination. Any version is permitted, provided that it does not contain notes, apart from plain cross-references or translators' footnotes. Centres will be required to ensure that Bibles taken into the examination room are suitable. Questions will be set on the assumption that all candidates will have Bibles before them in the examination room, but candidates will not be given credit for writing out lengthy quotations from the Bible. Biblical quotations used in questions will be taken from the Revised Standard Version. Where appropriate, the source of quotations will be given.

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