SACE Credits: 10

Teacher: Dr Barbara Harding

Do you like Ideas? Questions? Then consider the study of Philosophy. Ideas from the Classical Period through to the Renaissance, the Enlightenment to Contemporary times are studied.


The course looks at ethics, applying ethics to the moral actions and policies of governments, society and individual behaviour. Questions such as ‘what is it that makes us human?’ leads to the questions of ‘how do we know what is real?’; ‘how has science influenced our perception of society and life?’.


Individual philosophers from Socrates to Plato, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche are studied. The course also considers the mechanics of constructing an argument, the tension between logic, reason and emotion. Questions are continuously asked and who knows where they will lead?


  • 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.