Religious Studies KS3 & KS4/GCSE: What should I do?

Should Lewis pretend he likes Trevor’s new haircut?

Would you tell a lie if it made someone happy? How can you tell right and wrong?

James and John Stuart Mill’s ethical theory suggests acting in way that achieves the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.

But what course of action would bring about the most happiness?

We need to explore both short and long term consequences and avoid hurting others through our actions.

This gives us a moral code to live by.

This clip is from the series Enlighten Up!

Teacher Notes

Students can discuss what they would do in that situation, and why.

Would they tell the truth, or lie to spare their friend's feelings?

They could look at how the correct response varies when you are considering the dilemma from the points of view of various religions and philosophical schools of thought.

Discuss whether there are some questions that do not, or cannot, have a 'right' or 'wrong' answer. Are they still worth talking about?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant to teaching Religious Studies at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 in Scotland.

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