Course Overviews

Below you will find Course Overviews for all our timetabled courses.
Use the information in these to help plan your year.

Title Learning Area Levels LA Code
Philosophy of Mind listening, reading, and viewing, speaking, writing, and presenting, nature of science

Course begins: Term 3.1
What is a mind? Can the mind extend beyond the brain? Can a computer be literally part of your mind? Is a mind the sort of thing that has parts?

The fields of Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science attempt to answer these questions. Through this course students will be introduced to historical answers to the questions above. Students will compare...

7, 8 BRES
Philosophy Social Sciences, speaking, writing, and presenting, nature of science, listening, reading, and viewing

What is Philosophy about?
Philosophy is the subject that specializes in exploring fundamental questions about the world and our place in it. For example: What is reality? What does it mean for me to know something? What is space? What is time? What is a Mind? Does God exist? How should I live, and who should decide?

Philosophical discussion draws on imaginative...

4, 5 BRES
Philosophy - Phil139 Ethics, Politics, Justice None / Other

How we should live our lives is the most important question of all. What makes our actions right or wrong? Is it our culture, our emotions, facts about the world, or God's commands? Are pleasure and happiness all that really matters? What should we do when justice and freedom conflict with happiness or with each other? Should we always obey the law? Is taxation legalised theft? This course...

Philosophy - Science: Good, Bad, Bogus English, Science

Society is awash with weird and wonderful theories, ideas and practices that controvert mainstream science: homeopathy, astrology, UFOs, ghosts, clairvoyance, faith healing, bleeding statues, telepathy, precognition, spoon bending, Big Foot, dowsing, Bible code, magnet therapy, Karma, reincarnation and Ouija boards – to name just a few. What should one believe about such phenomena? How is one...

7, 8 BRES
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY Technology, technological knowledge, technological practice, nature of technology

This course aims to be flexible to meet the varied needs of students. You can work at NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 but you will need either design or coding experience to attempt anything more than Level 1.

I am keen to offer small workshops on certain things based on student interest.

Options for workshops could be around:

6, 7, 8 DERT
Level 1 Mathematics Mathematics & Statistics

Mathematicians seek out patterns and use them to formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof. When mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation,...