Philosophy 2

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. Cass


If you did not take a pathway course at Level 1, or achieved fewer than 14 credits in that course, you will need HOD approval.

Philosophy is the study of problems concerning existence, knowledge, values, reason, the mind, and language. The focus is on critical thinking and deepening your thinking on topics of personal interest. There is an emphasis on students guiding the discussion and learning.

Students will be able to gain between 18 and 20 credits and will have some choice about which standards they will be assessed against based on their personal interests.

Course Overview

Term 1
Inquiry into conflict in modern society. A focus on the nature of modern democracy and it's antecedents as well as conflicts between democracy and alternative forms of government and the ethical and moral considerations and consequences related to real world examples.

Term 2
Inquiry into a human rights movement. Theories of morality and discussion of what constitutes a right and the conflicts that can arise between different groups in society in relation to perceived rights. Analysis of a real world movement for human rights. Consideration of the methods and justification of the movement and the consequences and effectiveness of the movement.

Term 3
Inquiry into world views and purpose in life. Theories of religion and culture. Historical perspective on the spread of religion and culture. Analysis of changes in cultural and religious practice over time. Considerations of specific cultural practices and their place in the greater culture.

Term 4
Inquiry to the application of a world view to a modern ethical dilemma. Consideration of the moral framework and the consequences of a particular approach to a real world issue. Analysis of the wider implication fro society as a whole.

Learning Areas:



Philosophy 3