Year 10 Philosophy
Year 10 Philosophy provides students with an opportunity to be part of an online community of inquirers, separated by distance, but not by purpose. Students will be introduced to key ideas from a range of great philosophers and will develop their skills of inquiry as they explore age-old philosophical ideas and apply them to their own lives.
The focus of the unit is relationships, investigating our relationships with family, friends, loved ones, animals, authority, strangers and the environment. The big questions, such as “What is love?”, “Should we submit to social rules?” and ‘Should animals have equal rights to humans?” will be explored and debated. You will be using knowledge, reasoning and logic to formulate your own ideas and approaches to a variety of philosophical areas.
The aim of the unit is to provide you the opportunity to explore and reflect on your own views on key issues that affect all of us in our daily lives.
What do you do?
The Trolley Problem
The Life You Can Save
What skills do you develop?
Far from being an abstract and useless field, Philosophy is among the most practical courses of study. The study of Philosophy will enable you to think carefully, critically, and with clarity, take a logical approach to addressing challenging questions and examining hard issues, reason well and evaluate the reasoning of others, discuss sensibly, and write effectively.
In Philosophy courses you can expect to:
- enhance your problem solving capacities, your ability to organise ideas and issues, and your ability to distinguish what is essential from what is not
- become better able to look at things from a variety of perspectives, to understand different viewpoints, and to discover common ground among them
- learn how to critically examine your own views as well as those of others
- develop your ability to understand and explain difficult material
- learn how to distinguish good reasoning from attempts to manipulate opinions, to construct sound complex arguments, and to evaluate others’ reasoning
- develop good descriptive writing skills that will allow you to communicate your ideas in a clear and powerful way.
Things you can do now
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