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Philosophical perspectives

Applied philosophy

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Learning objective 7-3: Philosophical perspectives

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • develop and explain ideas in philosophical perspectives.


  • Identifies ideas from different philosophical perspectives.
  • Develops ideas from various philosophical perspectives.
  • Explains ideas from various philosophical perspectives.

Possible context elaborations

Identify, develop, and explain ideas from different philosophical perspectives. For example, with respect to the following:

  • Human nature viewed from different perspectives: Māori, Christian, Buddhist, Materialist and Idealist.
  • Ecology and kaitiakitanga.
  • How does the idea of freedom apply to my private life?
  • How much control should a government have over people’s lives?
  • Should the government control Māori education?
  • Does the government have the right to tell me how to live?
  • Is equality better for everyone (as argued in The Spirit Level)?

Assessment for qualifications

See NCEA assessment: level 2 for suggestions of achievement standards and unit standards that could be used to assess this learning.

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Last updated October 24, 2011