This course requires 2 options.

11 Philosophy

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Dr C. Gavin

The year 11 Philosophy Course aims to foster students’ independent thinking through a variety of interactive tasks that promote breadth and depth of argument when conceptualising their ideas.


  • Mature collaborative discussion

  • Evaluating alternative viewpoints

  • Analyse and construct arguments

  • Explicit development of specific critical thinking skills

  • Exploring students' own creative thinking

 Topics Covered

  • Critical thinking and Metacognition

  • History of Ideas

  • Challenges to Ethical Theories

  • Ethics of War and Punishment

  • Comparison of key belief systems in Religions

  • Psychology and Human Behaviour

Students will have the opportunity to take a leadership role in the EGGS Philosophy day facilitating activities and discussions.

Future areas of interest and study: Philosophy is the ultimate "transferable work skill." With its emphasis on reason and argumentation, philosophy is an excellent preparation for a career in law, religion, business, international diplomacy, social work, medical management or writing as well as post-graduate education.

Course Overview

Term 1
1. Critical Thinking Skills - logic, argumentation and metacognition tools.
2. History of Ideas - big ideas through the ages

Term 2
1. Ethical Theories and Beliefs - challenges for key ethical beliefs
2. Applied Ethics - ethics of war and punishment

Term 3
1. Key beliefs of Religions -Exploring a variety of religions and reasons for beliefs.
Optional NCEA standard

Term 4
1. Psychology and human behaviour - Psychology experiments, Philosophy Day, Artificial Intelligence and Censorship.

Recommended Prior Learning

None, however Year 9 or Year 10 philosophy is beneficial.

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 6 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90819 v3
Religious Studies 1.4 - Describe key beliefs of a religious tradition
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 6
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 6
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

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