SACE Credits: 10

Teacher: Dr Barbara Harding

The study of Philosophy is the study of ideas from the Classical Period through to the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the Contemporary era.


There is a close look at Ethics, applying ethics to the moral actions and policies of governments, society and individual behaviour. There is also a strong focus on logic and the development of argument. Individual philosophers such as Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Descartes, Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche are studied.


The course questions metaphysical issues such as ‘What does it mean to be human?’, as well as looking at philosophies that underpin our society. Philosophy makes links between different historical times, individuals and society, and ethical considerations while teaching research and analytical skills.


  • Assessment Type 1: Folio (60%)
  • Assessment Type 2: Issues Analysis (20%)
  • Assessment Type 3: Issues Study (20%)


Philosophy can lead to further study in tertiary institutions in a diverse range of fields. Students who are interested in studying for a Bachelor of Arts, Social Science and/or Science can all gain from the study of Philosophy as it guides students in developing the skills of analysis, reasoning, logic and argument.


The academic structures behind any field of study can be enhanced through the study of Philosophy as students are encouraged to rationalise different perspectives. Other specific pathways are teaching, psychology, law and social work.