12 Talking Ethics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Dr C. Gavin

Recommended Prior Learning

They are no pre-requisites to this course. 

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.

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Learning Centre

Assessment Policy & Procedures
Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Students need a device to do their work.


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.