What distinguishes these notes from other RS resources is the fact that they are written from within the student mind-set during the progression of the course, rather than from the scholarly perspective of someone with a post-graduate qualification in the subject.
Anyone who has first-hand experience of writing essays under timed conditions will understand just how little time students are allocated to demonstrate an understanding of such a vast range of philosophical and ethical concepts. The objective of these notes is to provide students with simple, well constructed and accessible notes that are informative to the point that they do not go beyond the level of detail required of the student.
The notes do not in any way attempt to replace the necessary wider reading on this and other related courses. Rather they provide a basic understanding of the key concepts in preparation for further enquiry and discussion. By familiarising oneself with a single set of concise notes with continuous reinforcement in class/teacher discussions, the student is able to develop a clear understanding of the required concepts, and having developed the necessary philosopher’s toolkit of skills within class-based lessons will be able to apply and analyse these concepts to the examiner’s satisfaction.
We also hope that, with an accurate understanding of the key concepts covered, students will be able to identify with greater clarity the direction of exam questions and will be better equipped to structure essay answers and make the appropriate links to form clear and coherent arguments.
Author: Simon Fisher
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