Philosophy - Level 3

PHI3
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: G. Cass

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.

Pathway

Philosophy - University Philosophy, Politics and Legal Studies.

Prerequisites

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


Credit Information
Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91600 v2 Social Studies 3.5 - Examine a campaign of social action(s) to influence policy change(s)
3
I
4
Y
*
A.S. 91598 v2 Social Studies 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of how ideologies shape society
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91597 v2 Social Studies 3.2 - Conduct a critical social inquiry
3
I
6
Y
6r *
A.S. 90827 v3 Religious Studies 3.4 - Analyse the key beliefs of a religious tradition and a secular world view in relation to ultimate questions
3
I
6
Y
6r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 20

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.

Disclaimer

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