6 Philosophy - NCEA Level 1

Course Overview

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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 reasoning? What is a Mind? Does God exist? How should I live, and who should decide?

Philosophical discussion draws on imaginative speculation, scientific evidence, sustained reflection on lived experience, and the different histories, cultural perspectives and texts that shape current thought.

Philosophy at Ao Tawhiti is highly discussion based and aims to develop students’ critical thinking skills. Through a range of applied Philosophical topics, students will learn how to assess arguments for validity and soundness. They will also learn how to refute arguments logically and construct their own rationally convincing arguments.

Recommended Prior Learning
Philosophy is a demanding subject and requires a high level of commitment. While there are no pre-requisites, we recommend that students have a high level of maturity and a developed world-view. Students who work best in Philosophy have good writing and verbal ability and an interest in questioning their beliefs.

Assessment Information

  • 90053, Produce Formal Writing, English, 3 credits, Level 1, Lit
  • 90818, Describe application of ethical principle to an issue, Religious Studies, 6 credits, Level 1, lit


  • 90955, Investigate an Astronomical event, Science, 4 credits


  • 91025, Links between Classical world and another culture, Classical Studies, 6 credits

No NCEA assessment

Total credits: 19

Courses offered per block.

TitleLA CodeBlockYear
Philosophy: Democracy, Freedom, MindBRES32022
Philosophy: Origins, Space, TimeBRES22022
Philosophy: Death to SocratesBRES12022