Religious Studies KS3 & KS4/GCSE: Why should I care about you?

Is it human nature to be good? Why do some people treat other people badly? This sketch introduces the question of why we do right and wrong and the philosophy of Adam Smith.

This short film concludes with an animated overview of Scottish Enlightenment philosopher Adam Smith’s notion of human sympathy, a concept we would now describe as empathy.

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

This short film could prompt a class discussion on sympathy and empathy.

Student could be asked to consider where in their lives do they find pleasure?

Smith believed that we share in people's pain and find pleasure in other people's happiness because it is in our nature to do so. Do you agree?

Ask students to think of times in their lives where this has/has not been the case.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be useful for teaching secondary PSHE and religious studies.

More from Enlighten Up!

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Why should I believe you?