12TET

12 Talking Ethics

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

Are you looking for a course where you think about and discuss issues relevant to your life with your peers? This class will enhance wellbeing and engagement, providing a space where you have a voice and you can hear others ideas too. All opinions are respected. Lessons will have many different interactive and fun activities, providing a high interest and low stress way to gain valuable communication and argumentation skills. It will give you tools to help navigate the tricky world you are in, by using current ethical topics that have real world meaning.

This course will equip students with the critical thinking and communication skills to engage with an ever changing world. Students will participate in a range of philosophy tools and ways of discussion to build their confidence to express their ideas about ethical issue. This new course provides opportunities:

  1.  to support gaining credits in other subjects eg literacy credits, research credits or oral presentation credits.
  2.  to inquire into areas of high interest and relevance that will assist in achieving relevant achievement standards and unit standards. These standards are optional, depending on students' interests and needs.
  3.  to continue your Philosophy journey and further explore an independent inquiry.
  4.  to build confidence in communication and critical thinking as this is an important component for future aspirations.

This new course provides a sixth Year 12 subject that does not have a heavy homework commitment. It is a skills based course and the skills gained are highly transferable. Skills that the course will focus on developing are Interpersonal collaboration, Open mindedness, Decision making, Critical and creative thinking, Agency and curiosity Question generation, Ethical reasoning and identifying bad reasoning and biases, Respect for others' opinions, Interpretation, analysis, justification and evaluation skills, Listening skills, Respectful argumentation and Generating ideas and developing your own views.

Students find this kind of Ethical inquiry challenging, fun, and mind-expanding. We do not shy away from questions that are often thought of as too confronting or controversial for the normal classroom. For example: Is murder wrong? Is it okay to lie? Am I really in control of my own thoughts? Are all people created equal? What does it mean to be a good person? What does it mean to live a good life? Is wealth an end in itself? What is justice?  










Course Overview

Term 1
Social media ethics: Fake news, hate speech, disinformation, advertising, and the changing social landscape.

Term 2
Psychology: How we treat other people, obligations to future people, existentialism, beauty, cognitive biases.

Term 3
Gender politics & the future of society: changes over time, feminism, mansplaining, backwards law changes, progress, artificial intelligence, inequality.

Term 4
Comparative cultures: Indigenous peoples, changes over time, reverse racism, cultural relativism.

Recommended Prior Learning

They are no pre-requisites to this course. 

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Students need a device to do their work.

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 34 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 34 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
U.S. 8998 v5
NZQA Info
Examine a social structure
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
U.S. 17163 v6
NZQA Info
Draw a conclusion after an investigation into an aspect of Pacific indigenous knowledge with guidance
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90810 v3
NZQA Info
Education for Sustainability 2.1 - Undertake a personal action, with reflection, that contributes to a sustainable future
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 6r
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90813 v3
NZQA Info
Education for Sustainability 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of how different personal values have implications for a sustainable future
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90822 v3
NZQA Info
Religious Studies 2.3 - Explain how a contemporary social action derives from the ethical principles of a religious tradition
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90823 v3
NZQA Info
Religious Studies 2.4 - Explain the key beliefs within two religious traditions in relation to a significant religious question
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91846 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.3 - Conduct psychological research with guidance
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 34
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 25
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 10
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Disclaimer

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.