Logos for Schools - High School

Philosophy and Ethics for High School Students

Units that are eligible to counts towards the Preliminary HSC and a University degree

Logos for Schools aims at developing excellent skills in reasoning while engaging students with some of the most interesting and challenging questions of human life.

  • Philosophy and Ethics are practical subjects. The skills and knowledge can be applied in studies in all academic disciplines and, also, applied in daily life to deeply understand and to reason well about both personal and social issues.

Studying philosophy and ethics helps students to think independently and clearly articulate their own well-reasoned, principled positions in public, academic, professional or personal situations.

The knowledge and skills of philosophy and ethics prepare students well for HSC and university studies, and a career in any field.

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2021 Dates

Logos I – Philosophy:  
Monday, 29 November – Friday, 3 December 2021

Logos II – Ethics
Monday, 6 December – Friday, 10 December 2021

*Students attend the Philosophy unit before the Ethics Unit.

Study towards the Preliminary HSC

  • Study one or two units in Philosophy and Ethics towards the preliminary NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC).
    The results, however, do not count towards the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
  • The units can be part of the pattern of enrolment for the preliminary HSC, or additional subjects.

Study towards a University degree

  • Students who successfully complete a unit will be eligible to apply for advanced standing, in any undergraduate degree offered by the University of Notre Dame Australia, for the equivalent unit in the core curriculum.

What you will study

  1. Logos I – Philosophy: Your studies will span the entire history of the tradition of philosophy to introduce you to fundamental philosophical questions and arguments. You will be introduced to arguments over the nature of thinking, what truth and knowledge are, what reality is and what it means to be a human person; both as an individual and as part of a group. Gain an understanding of how the answers to these questions, and challenges to the answers, influence how we see the world and the decisions we make.
  2. Logos II – Ethics: What is good and bad, right and wrong? How do we know? You will be introduced to the discipline of ethics, the key ethical theories (particularly natural law theory, virtue ethics and deontology), practical decision making and moral evaluation.

You will develop concepts and skills that can be applied towards understanding and addressing social issues as well as to personal decision making.

Study requirements

1 Unit Course Logos for Schools Programme
Off Campus Short preparation tasks based on readings.
On Campus

Attendance at on-campus intensive workshop classes for each unit:
For a one unit course, students attend workshop classes at the Broadway Campus during a five day intensive week. Each workshop class is three hours.

There are two workshop classes each day.

Off Campus After the workshops students complete a critical analysis task and then a 1,500 word final essay task.

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