RE at Carleton
What is RE about?
RE is fundamentally about people, it covers aspects of philosophy, cultural studies, ethics, history, and politics as well as the academic study of religions from around the world.
Why do we study it?
It helps you understand other people and cultures
RE is ultimately about people, what they believe, what they do and why they do it. It will help you to learn about others respectfully and find ways of comparing their beliefs to your own. Religion has also had a massive impact on historical events so studying RE gives you a deeper knowledge on what has happened in the past.
It gives you important skills
RE requires you to be able to form persuasive and coherent arguments, write good essays, interpret resources, show empathy to others, compare and contrast different sources, and use evidence to support your own opinions.
It prepares you for the future
RE is an academic subject that is recognised by colleges and universities. It can often give you an edge over other candidates. It is also good preparation for any jobs involving people such as politics, medicine, journalism and the law.
It helps you make essential links with other subjects
Religion has had a big impact on culture and society throughout the world. For this reason RE can benefit anyone wanting to study the arts, culture or politics.
It helps you work out your own opinions on life’s big questions
RE is not just about religions its also about ethics and trying o work out answers to questions we all ask ourselves. RE is one of the few subjects where pupils get a good opportunity to explore these issues in a secure and supportive environment.
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