Philosophy 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. Cass


If you did not take a pathway course at Level 2, or achieved fewer than 14 credits in that course, you will need HOD approval

This course is a continuation of Philosophy in the junior school at a more advanced level and preparation for University Philosophy in Year 13. It 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
Ethical theories and their application to real world scenarios. Inquiry into the decisions and views of a modern world leader. Consideration of the consequences and ethical standing of the leader on a range of issues.

Term 2
Comparison of a secular and religious world view in relation to ultimate questions about reality and meaning in the world. Consideration of the wider implications of these views.

Term 3
Inquiry into the practice of a religion in New Zealand. Understanding of the spread of religion and culture over time and their relationship to each other. Consideration of the wider implications of religious practice for the practitioners and society as a whole.

Term 4
Inquiry to the application of a religious world view to a modern ethical dilemma. Consideration of the moral framework and the consequences of a particular approach to a real world issue.

Learning Areas:



Philosophy - University