11 Philosophy

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Dr C. Gavin

Course objectives:

  • Explicitly develop critical thinking skills
  • Explore ethical principles and apply to real world problems
  • Encourage collaboration, creative idea formation, and communication skills
  • Teach how to think, not what to think
  • The course will promote: thinking for yourself,discussion and collaboration through a large variety of fun activities that encourage idea development.
  • The course aims to foster both breadth and depth of thinking, that will provide useful tools for other subjects and for life as a citizen of the world.

Topics covered:

  • Critical thinking and metacognition
  • Logic and argumentation skills
  • Ethical theories and principles
  • Applied Ethics (ethics of war and of punishment)
  • Exploration of Key Belief Systems and Traditions
  • A citizenship project

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.

Recommended Prior Learning

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

Credit Information
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
Total Credits

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

Pathway Tags

Religion, Business, International Diplomacy, Social Work, Medical Management, Writing, Post-graduate Education

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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.