What is it and why should I do it?
Literally, 'Philosophy' translates into 'love of knowledge'. True to its description, philosophy tries to discover truth in the world. What is the nature of the world - is it entirely physical or are there non-physical elements also? How do you decide what the right thing to do is in any given situation? Where did 'morality' come from anyway? How do we know what we know? Our senses trick us all the time, so why do we ever trust them as a source of knowledge? In Philosophy, we explore all these questions and more, making sure you have the skills it takes to cut through 'fake news' and get to the truth of the matter.
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What will I do in class?
In class we read from primary texts as well as watch films and television of a philosophical nature (think "Black Mirror" and "Gattaca"). The class is divided up fairly evenly between doing written work (identifying your position on a topic and arguing for it using logical reasoning) and class discussion. The class usually starts with me, your teacher, elucidating the issue or problem we will focus on that class. As class discussions are common, it is crucial that you are able to actively listen to other students when they are talking.
How much homework will I have?
This class will require you to do some homework most often in the form of short answer questions from your textbook, completing reading.
How do I satisfactorily complete the unit?
To show that you have met the Outcomes in Philosophy units you will typically have to complete two SACs per term. These are usually in the form of short to medium answer questions. There will be a mid and end of year exam that you will have to complete to a satisfactory level to pass the unit.