Philosophical Thinking Years 7-10

UNIFY Series Years 7-10

Course Information

Philosophical Thinking is the ability to question the assumptions that underpin our understandings of ourselves and the world around us.

By focusing on abstractions, Philosophical Thinking works to extend the analytical, evaluative and argument-writing skills introduced in Critical Thinking. Students develop questioning skills that allow them to more readily identify and reflect upon the assumptions that underpin their own and others’ thinking.

Target Group

Selection criteria are subjective - teacher judgement and student interest in the topic should assist selection.

Students are able to progress to Philosophical Thinking after completing Critical Thinking. This is an outstanding opportunity for students to apply their critical thinking skills to new situations.



Lesson Overview

1Introduction to Philosophical Thinking.
2Thinking concepts and ideas, introduction to eLearn activities.
3Discipline v Process, exploration of the branches.
4Introduction to logic, mapping arguments for validity.
5What is knowledge? What is truth?
6Mind-Body dualism. Where does the mind exist?
7What is reality? Do you exist? Are you really a zombie?
8Aesthetics. What is art? What is it for?
9Moral Philosophy. What makes a good person?
10Social and Political Philosophy. What makes a good society?
11Philosophical ideas of history.
12Evaluate, extend, reflect and celebrate.

Assessment and Reporting



A pre-assessment provides diagnostic data and identifies starting points, and a post-assessment measures distance travelled.

Both tests require students to plan and write an argument on demand in response to a stimulus.

Schools are provided with a report containing pre- and post-test results, attendance data and survey feedback as well as qualitative report card comments for inclusion as an OLA.

Last updated 01 December 2017
Last updated 01 December 2017