This course requires 2 options.
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
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.
1. Critical Thinking Skills - logic, argumentation and metacognition tools.
2. History of Ideas - big ideas through the ages
1. Ethical Theories and Beliefs - challenges for key ethical beliefs
2. Applied Ethics - ethics of war and punishment
1. Key beliefs of Religions -Exploring a variety of religions and reasons for beliefs.
Optional NCEA standard
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.
Total Credits Available: 6 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.
We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.