Subject information

This subject involves the rational investigation of questions about existence, knowledge and ethics, to which there are no simple answers. Investigation of these problems through the study of Philosophy requires skills of critical reasoning, developed through an understanding of reasoning and the foundations of argument analysis.

Philosophy promotes respect for intellectual integrity as a human value and develops students' skills to engage in philosophical argument.

Students build their capacity to be creative and independent critical thinkers who can articulate and justify philosophical positions and argue reasoned action.

Stage 1 subject code: 1PPS10 or 1PPS20

Credits: 10 or 20

Stage 2 subject code: 2PPS20

Credits: 20

Subject Outline 2017 [DOC 170KB]

Philosophy is one of the first SACE Board subjects to go totally online. Online submission of external assessed materials starts on 11 September, and school assessed materials starts on 3 November.
We encourage you to practice in our sandpit now so when 11 September arrives you can say "I've got this".

Need more information? Read our sandpit guide [PDF 92KB] and FAQs and watch our instructional videos.

Thank you for leading the way in the SACE modernisation.

Changes to moderation sample selection

From 2017, the SACE Board will no longer select Stage 2 moderation samples for school assessed materials. Teachers will select the moderation sample.

Read more about moderation sample selection, including FAQs and an instructional video.

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