Philosophy

Philosophy

Higher

The main purpose of the Course is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of philosophy and their analytical, evaluative and critical thinking skills.

An understanding of philosophy also provides an essential  background for study or employment in a number of areas such as the media, politics, social policy, health professions and law.

The course units  consist of:

Arguments in Action (Higher) This Unit develops learners’ ability to analyse and evaluate arguments. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of argument structure, philosophical techniques and errors in reasoning.

Knowledge and Doubt (Higher)  This Unit develops learners’ ability to analyse and evaluate theories of knowledge. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of rationalism and empiricism.

Moral Philosophy (Higher) This Unit develops learners’ ability to analyse and evaluate moral theories. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of a key moral philosophical theory

Entry recommendation A or B at Higher in any Social subject (and preferably a similar grade in English due to the strong language based demands of the subject).

Each student will sit three end of  unit assessments and produce an extended response. Students will also sit a final exam.

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