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1APAE Philosophy and Ethics

Course Overview & Outline

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This booklet contains: Unit description, context and content information use these points as a guide for your homework and study program Course outline with assessment dates Assessment outline and personal assessment record Please Note: This course runs for four sessions per week during Semester One. You will have six assessments during the semester. You will be expected to complete homework or study every night. If you are not formally given homework, you should revise work covered in class or read ahead. Please refer to the Colleges Assessment Policy for information relating to assessments, in particular, penalties for late submission.

Unit description
The focus for this unit is reason and actions. Students examine some basic elements of reasoning; the distinction between opinion and evidence; the idea of personhood; work, leisure and society; and society, rights and obligations.

Imagination and interpretation the distinction between invention and discovery devising possible ways of solving problems using imagination and interpretation lateral thinking as an act of imagination. Analysing, clarifying and evaluating concepts the concepts of work, leisure and play understanding what an obligation is and recognising that some obligations are mutual the concepts of safety, duty, harm and benefit.

Unit learning contexts

Within the broad area of reason and actions, teachers may choose one or more of the following contexts (this is not an exhaustive list): the individual in the world of work e.g. covering rights, safety, legal and moral duties conscience and action e.g. Why should I do voluntary community work? Why should I uphold standards in the workplace? contemporary innovation, invention and discovery school life.

What is real?
Scientific world view distinction between subjective judgement and objective information, and how science uses these concepts. Conceptions of ultimate reality different ways of thinking about ultimate reality. Persons general characteristics that help to define being a person such as consciousness, reason, language, social membership, emotions, intentional actions, creativity, embodiment, accountability, responsibility, and authenticity.

Unit content
This unit includes knowledge, understandings and skills to the degree of complexity described below:

How do we know?
Critical reasoning recognition of facts and giving reasons for opinions the use of experience and other kinds of evidence to understand problems. Methods of inquiry recognising and being able to ask both closed (fact-based) and open (debatable) questions formulating simple hypotheses and using practical observations to obtain evidence for or against these hypotheses understanding the idea of goodness in inquiry types of inquiry: dialogue.

How should we live?

Governance the nature of laws distinction between laws and rules legal and moral rights the basis for rights fairness and rights. Communities and cultures various kinds of paid and unpaid work relationship between work and community life voluntary community work the value of work to individuals, families and more broadly, what counts as good work. Self and others rights of individuals

moral and legal duties to others

identification of some of the moral virtues.

The dates below are approximate. Students will be informed of exact dates closer to the time.
We ek Topic
Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics Introductions, Expectations and Definitions Tools for Discussion Work and Community Community The Concept of Work Leisure and Play Community Work Work What counts as good work? Paid and Unpaid work Laws and Rights Rules, Rights, Obligations Duty, Harm, Hurt Assignment Work Research, Write, Edit, correct and Submit Letter to the Editor Peer Assessment and Red Pen Corrections of Letters Resubmission of corrected Letters Critical Reasoning Facts, Reasons Deductions and Inductions Arguments Debating Constructing Arguments Validity and Soundness Argument and Explanation Making Distinctions Types of Inquiry Debate Task Investigation, Developing Argument Construction of Debate Points Debate Assessment Viewing and analysis of Mock debate Debate Submission Peer analysis Self Reflection Science and Information Objective Claims Subjective Judgments, Intersubjective Agreements Objective Science The Inductive Method Cause and Effect Truth Persons What defines a Person? Rights, Obligations and Responsibility Virtues and Moral Sense Consciousness, Mind and Body Artificial Intelligence and Emotions Ultimate Reality Religion Idealism Change Completion and Submission of Workbook

Course Outline

Task 1 Community of Inquiry 10% of Semester Mark In Class Week 2

Text references
P&E Introduction Pg 1-11 P&E Ch. 1 Pg 15-20 P&E Ch. 1 Pg 20-30 P&E Ch. 1 Pg 30-32 P&E Ch. 2 Pg 33-50

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Task 2 Letter to the Editor 30% of Semester Mark Due Week 6

P&E Ch. 2

P&E Ch. 3 Pg 51-60


P&E Ch. 3 Pg 61-69

P&E Ch. 3



Task 3 Debate 30% Semester Mark Due Week 11 P&E Ch. 4 Pg 71-77 P&E Ch. 4 Pg 77-88

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Task 4 Community of Inquiry 10% of Semester Mark In Class Week 13 Task 5 Community of Inquiry 10% of Semester Mark In Class Week 15 Workbook Submissi on 10% Semester Marks

P&E Ch. 5 Pg 89-105

P&E Ch.6 Pg 107-121

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Assessment outline
Philosophica l & Ethical Inquiry



Task Weight

Philosophica l & Ethical Perspective s

Outcome 2

Philosophy & Ethics in Human Affairs

Applying & Relating Philosophical & Ethical Understandin gs

Task 1 Current Affairs Commu nity of Inquiry Task 4 Rights and Obligations Task 5 Ideals and Beliefs Letter to the Editor Debate Class Work Task 2 Response to Philosopher Task 3 Human Affairs Task 6 Workbook Activities Total






10% 100%

Personal Assessment Record complete this as you receive your marks.

Task 1 Week 2 2 Week 6 3 Week 11 4 Week 13 5 Week 15 6 - Ongoing Total Date Weighting 10% 30% 30% 10% 10% 10% 100% Marks Available Score Achieved Weighted Score