What is it and why should I do it?
There is much to love about Philosophy. It provides us with the opportunity to grapple with the big questions, to speculate, to debate and to hypothesise. It demands that we be rigorous and creative in our thinking, and to remind us of the significance of our own voice. Philosophy is not a discipline to be passively received but a conversation to be entered into.
How much homework/study will I have?
All Unit 3 and 4 subjects require 3-5 hours of study per week.
In these units we will be engaging with the ideas expressed by significant thinkers and applying them to contemporary debates. There will be close analysis of these texts and written responses, as well as regular class discussions.
What contributes to my study score?
There are four areas of study and there will be one SAC for each.
Each SAC is worth 12.5% of the study score (all four SACs = 50%).
The end of year exam is worth 50% of the study score.
How do I satisfactorily complete the unit?
To pass any VCE unit you need to demonstrate that you have met the Outcomes.
The Outcomes in Philosophy Unit 3 and 4 are met by completing the appropriate coursework and the SACs.
Unit 3: Outcome 1:The student should be able to examine concepts relating to the mind and body, analyse, compare and evaluate viewpoints and arguments concerning the relationship between the mind and body found in the set texts, and discuss contemporary debates.
Unit 3: Outcome 2: The student should be able to analyse, compare and evaluate viewpoints and arguments on personal identity in the set texts and discuss related contemporary debates.
Unit 4: Outcome 1: The student should be able to discuss concepts related to the good life, and analyse, compare and evaluate the philosophical viewpoints and arguments in the set texts in relation to the good life.
Unit 4: Outcome 2: The student should be able to discuss contemporary debates related to technological development and the good life, and examine the interplay between technological development and conceptions of the good life.