Philosophy and Reason

Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? Yes (General Subject)
How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4

What is Philosophy and Reason?

Philosophy & Reason combines the discipline of philosophy with the associated skills of critical reasoning. The study of philosophy allows students to recognise the relevance of various philosophies to different political, ethical, religious and scientific positions. It also allows them to realise that decisions in these areas are the result of the acceptance of certain ideas and specific modes of reasoning. 

In addition, critical reasoning and logic provide knowledge, skills and understanding so students are able to engage with, examine and analyse classical and contemporary ideas and issues. The study of philosophy enables students to make rational arguments, espouse viewpoints and engage in informed discourse. 

In Philosophy & Reason, students learn to understand and use reasoning to develop coherent world-views and to reflect upon the nature of their own decisions as well as their responses to the views of others.

What makes a student suited to Philosophy and Reason?

Students who achieve success in Ancient History are those who: 
Have an interest in formalising arguments and reasoning to attempt to solve problems through a collaborative approach, as well as an appreciation to develop their own reasoning and a curiosity for seeking a range of ideas beyond their own.

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

Minimum B Standard for Core English

What is the cost of this subject?


What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

A4 Notebook for record keeping of class notes and practice of skills
Year 10 - BYOD preferred, as this subject includes extensive research tasks
Year 11 - compulsory BYOD as this subject includes extensive research tasks

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1

Introduction to Philosphy


Topic 1:  Understanding modern symbolic language

Topic 2:  Philosophy of mind

Summative internal assessment 1: 
• Examination:

Summative internal assessment 2: 
• Investigation

 Semester 2

Introduction to moral philosophy


Topic 1 :  Ethical theories

Topic 2:   Relevance of philosophy to modern society

Summative internal assessment 3:
• Examination 
Summative internal assessment 4:
• Investigation 
Year 11Unit 1

Fundamentals of reason


Topic 1:  Inductive and deductive reasoning

Topic 2:  Assessing a truth claim

Formative internal assessment 1: 
• Examination:

Formative internal assessment 2: 
• Extended response

Unit 2

Reason in Philosophy


Topic 1:  Philosophy of religion

Topic 2:  Philosophy of science

Formative internal assessment 3: 
• Examination

assessment 4: 
• Extended response

Year 12Unit 3

Moral Philosophy and schools of thought


Topic 1:  Moral philosophy

Topic 2:  Philosophical schools of thought

Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): 25%
• Examination

Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2): 25%
• Extended response

Unit 4

Social and Political philosophy


Topic 1:  Rights

Topic 2:  Political philosophy

Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): 25%
• Extended response
Summative external assessment (EA): 25%
• Examination

Last reviewed 16 September 2019
Last updated 16 September 2019