Philosophy International Baccalaureate group 3 subject at Dane Court Grammar School
The course aims to enable students to:
- Understand philosophy and develop the skills of thinking independently and creatively
- Study, develop and evaluate arguments about the human condition and the universe
- Examine critically their own experience and ways of thinking
- Apply philosophical understanding to the diverse world around us
- Examine philosophical thinking and cultural perspectives from around the world
IB Philosophy is special because:
- It asks for and encourages personal engagement — "I think/feel because....."
- It encourages creativity — you use cartoons, pop lyrics, movies, paintings as a starting point for philosophical reflections — you choose and you do philosophy.
- It's existential — it focuses on the real heart of philosophy by making the core theme address questions about the nature and meaning of human life.
- It's international — we study famous continental and British philosophical texts.
1. Core theme: What is a human being? (standard level and higher level)
The core involves debates about the soul, personal identity, humans as machines, free will and determinism, importance of reason experience emotion, meaning of life, death, gender, existentialism.
2. Optional themes:
a) Theories and problems of ethics (standard level and higher level): examining ethical theories — based on ideas from self-interest, God, duty to the greatest happiness; what is moral sense — natural/cultural? Debates about the meaning of right and wrong; applied ethics — bio-medical and environmental issues, inequality.
b) Philosophy of religion (higher level only): concepts of God, arguments for and against the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering; religious language, ritual and symbol; religious experience — what is it? debates and interpretations; religion around the world — gender, politics, culture.
3. Study of the French Philosopher Rene Descartes' book 'Meditations' (standard level and higher level):
Explores the concepts of knowledge, the Soul and God. Regarded as one of the most influential philosophical texts ever written.
General entry requirements:
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6 B and 2 C grades at GCSE
International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme: 3 B and 2 C grades at GCSE
Paper 1 — Exam on the core and optional themes
Higher level — 2 hrs 30 mins 40%
- a) What is a human being? One essay
- b) Both optional themes —One essay on each
Standard level — 1 hr 45 mins 50%
- a) What is a human being? One essay
- b) Optional theme: Ethics one essay
Paper 2 — Exam on the text 1 hr
One essay: 25% of Standard level; 20% of Higher level
A philosophical analysis of non- philosophical material: 1,600-2,000 words
25% of Standard level; 20% of Higher level
Paper 3 — Exam — philosophical analysis. Higher level only: 1 hr 30 mins 20%
Response to an unseen text about philosophy
This course is offered as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, or as part of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma
The IB Diploma is made up of six subject groups together with a core comprising of three parts.
Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Three of these subjects are studied at higher level and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5. However, instead of a group 6 subject, a candidate may select an additional subject from groups 2 to 4.
The three core requirements are the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action, service.
The International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme
The IB Career-Related Programme aims to provide a curriculum for students that will equip them for further education and also the world of work. It combines the academic rigour and principles of the IB with well-established vocational qualifications and a unique ‘core’ course.
The IB Career-Related Programme is made up of:
A vocational course worth 2 A levels
Two IB subjects at standard level
A ‘core’ comprising:
· Approaches to Learning
· Reflective Project
· Community in service
· Basic language skills
How to apply
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