1.17 Why secularism? (Part 1) – Competing concepts


This resource is aimed at older (KS5) students, though is accessible for younger groups. It can be used as a review for students who have already completed a wider study of secularism, or they can be used as an alternative approach to give a basic overview of secularism and key debates.

The stimulus considers the key question of why some people support or oppose secularism, by looking at key concepts they might disagree on, exploring around the disagreements.


Politics | Religion & Belief Education | Citizenship | SMSC | Philosophy

Key questions

  • Why do people support or oppose secularism?

Learning outcomes


Students should demonstrate they can:

  • Compare and contrast competing views of key concepts related to secularism.
  • Understand how these views might lead others to support or oppose different models of secularism.


In addition to the basic learning outcomes, students should demonstrate they can:

  • Critically reflect on competing views of key concepts related to secularism, relating them to examples of real debates.

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