Welcome to EPR (Ethics, Philosophy and Religion)
All students at Wadebridge School study EPR as part of the core curriculum. EPR gives students the opportunity to learn about real life issues and explore the beliefs systems of different people from around the world. The EPR department is comprised of Miss Blewett (Curriculum Area Leader of EPR), Miss Bassett (Teacher of EPR), Ms Roft (Assistant Head), Mrs Onderdonck-Young (Head of Key Stage 4) and Mrs Ross (Higher Level Teaching Assistant in EPR).
As a department we believe that it’s imperative for young people to learn about different religions and cultures. Through exploring a wide range of belief systems stereotypical views can be challenged and replaced with more positive outlooks. EPR is all around us. It gives students the opportunity to discover the world and the forces that shape it.
As well as discovering different belief-systems, EPR also gives students time to reflect on their own ideas about real life issues. Students are given the chance to discuss and debate ethical issues in a safe environment where they can ask questions that they might otherwise never have had an opportunity to. EPR lessons are current and relevant, as a department we not only prepare students for examinations but also for the issues that they will face in real life.
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EPR at the Movies
KS5 (A-Level – Year 12-13)
Little Buddha – includes the life of the Buddha as well as the surrounding story about the search for a reincarnated Buddhist teacher.
The Matrix – questioning the nature of reality.
Inception – questioning the nature of reality.
Adjustment Bureau – examines the possibility of unforeseen forces controlling us.
What is of intrinsic worth?
Twilight - love is seen as highest value (situation ethics) and love can cross boundaries.
Daybreakers - becoming a vampire is the cure for disease and death; humans become an endangered species.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Angel is unlike other vampires - he now has a soul; regains conscience and remorse; now fighting his own nature.
The Cruel Sea - showing the war between the Royal Navy and Germany's U-boats from the viewpoint of the British naval officers and seamen who served in escort vessels during World War II.
Empire of the Sun - a young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.
The Island – good for debating the ethics of cloning.
Kant and Virtue Ethics:
The Reader - explores how the post-war generations should approach the generation that took part in, or witnessed, the atrocities of the Holocaust.