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Philosophical perspectives

Applied philosophy

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NCEA assessment: Level 2

At the time of publication, philosophy does not have subject-specific achievement standards, but learning can be assessed using standards from other domains. These include but are not limited to the standards listed below. For more information, see the NZAPT website.

Examples are given for assessment of full-year courses, using a combination of unit and achievement standards at curriculum levels 6, 7, and 8, sourced from social studies, art history, classical studies, English, mathematics, religious studies, and science.

When achievement standards for philosophy are available, this guide will reference them.

Suggested achievement and unit standards

The achievement and unit standards listed are all internally assessed unless stated otherwise.

Note: The following achievement and unit standards are all NCEA level 2 and internally assessed.
Standards Domain/description Can be applied to
(4 credits)
Social studies
Describe responses to values position(s).
Ethics, philosophy of religion, political philosophy
(6 credits)
Social studies
Conduct an advanced social studies inquiry.
Ethics, philosophy of religion, political philosophy
(3 credits)
Investigate a language or literature topic and present information in written form.
Topic of choice, for example, free will and determinism
(3 credits)
Produce crafted and developed formal transactional writing.
Topic of choice
(2 credits)
Promote discussion of ideas and develop the content of discussion.
Topic of choice, for example, metaphysics
(6 credits)
Religious studies
Explain the significance of a key belief within two religious traditions.
Philosophy of religion, for example, concept of God in Christianity and Hinduism
(4 credits)
Explain the influence of a historical force.
Philosophy of history
(4 credits)
Report on the historical development of a scientific idea, with supervision.
Philosophy of science
(3 credits)
Generic computing
Produce a presentation using a desktop computer application.
Topic of choice

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At the time of publication, achievement standards were in development to align them with The New Zealand Curriculum. Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the NZQA website.

Aligned level 1 achievement standards were registered for use in 2011 and level 2 for use in 2012; level 3 will be registered for use in 2013.

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Last updated August 18, 2015