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

In this sketch Lewis is thrown into a dilemma when Trevor asks what he thinks of Trevor's new haircut. Inspired by James and John Stuart Mill’s theories on happiness.

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.

Written and performed by the Burnistoun team of Robert Florence and Iain Connell.

This short film is from the BBC series, Enlighten Up!

Teacher Notes

After watching the short film, students could discuss what they would do in this 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 short film will be useful for teaching secondary PSHE and religious studies.

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