Philosophy Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs D. Sawyer

L3 Philosophy

Philosophy is the subject that specialises in exploring fundamental questions about the world and our place in it. For example: What is reality? What does it mean for me to ‘know’ something? What is reasoning? What is a Mind? Does God exist? How should I live, and who should decide? Philosophical discussion draws on imaginative speculation, scientific evidence, sustained reflection on lived experience, and the different histories, cultural perspectives and texts that shape current thought.

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the key areas in the study of Philosophy and to get participants thinking philosophically. We will initially explore what philosophy actually is, some of the history and development of historical thought and then move into some key philosophical areas. The best way of studying philosophy is by doing it. This means there is a heavy emphasis on discussion and knowledge building with others in this course. Anyone enrolling should be enthusiastic about that prospect. 

Recommended Prior Learning

Philosophy cannot be done ‘solo’. In a philosophy course, the participating students become a community with a shared interest in exploring and discussing ‘big’ questions. Anyone wanting to take this course will need to fully participate in ongoing online discussion, whether through social media type platforms or in the video conference. Discussion is a fundamental part of the course.

Assessment Information

This is a multi-level course in which all students learn together. Students will be assessed at either L2 or L3 depending on what best meets their needs. NCEA Standards from the Religious Studies, History and/or Social Studies domain can be used for assessment. Alternative standards will be sourced for individuals where there is a clash with another course.


Courses outlined will only be available if sufficient students wish to take them AND appropriate staff are available to teach them. Courses that do not run may be offered through distance learning and be supported by the Distance Learning Department.