Course Description For HZT4U Grade 12 Philosophy: Questions and Theories Online Course
Grade 12 Philosophy (HZT4U) enables students to acquire an understanding of the nature of philosophy and philosophical reasoning skills and to develop and apply their knowledge and skills while exploring specialized branches of philosophy (the course will cover at least three of the following branches: metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, aesthetics). Students will develop critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they formulate and evaluate arguments related to a variety of philosophical questions and theories. They will also develop research and inquiry skills related to the study and practice of philosophy.
Summary Of Units And Timelines For Grade 12 Philosophy: Questions and Theories HZT4U
Below is the suggested sequence of course unit delivery as well as the recommended number of hours to complete the respective unit. For complete details of targeted expectations within each unit and activity, please see each Unit Overview found in the HZT4U course profile.
|Unit Order||Unit Name||Suggested Time|
|Unit 1||Philosophical Foundations||25 Hours|
|Unit 2||Metaphysics||25 Hours|
|Mid Semester Point|
|Unit 3||Ethics||25 Hours|
|Unit 4||Political and Social Philosophy||25 Hours|
|Unit 5||Course Summative||10 Hours|
Fundamental Concepts Covered in Grade 12 Online Course
This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge as well as a development of an attitude that supports these skills and knowledge responsibly. The course design is geared to meet and exceed the prerequisite requirements for studying social sciences at the university level. The framework of course delivery focuses the four “big ideas “of social science curriculum outlined on pages 8-9 of the Ontario Ministry of Education document:
- Disciplined inquiry and critical literacy skills
- Problem solving skills
- Self understanding and the understanding of others
- Local and global mindedness
The organization of the course is packaged into five units which correspond with the Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12 Social Science document. However, one of the units has been redesigned to what the author considers a more logical flow of material as well as a progression of difficulty from a students’ perspective.
Teaching and Learning Strategies in an Online School
Teachers will bring enthusiasm and varied teaching and assessment approaches to the classroom, addressing individual students’ needs and ensuring sound learning opportunities for every student. The activities offered should enable students to relate and apply these concepts to the social, environmental, and economical conditions and concerns of the world in which they live. Opportunities to relate knowledge and skills to these wider contexts will motivate students to learn in a meaningful way and to become life-long learners. Teachers will help students understand that problem solving of any kind often requires a considerable expenditure of time and energy and a good deal of perseverance. Teachers also will encourage students to investigate, to reason, to explore alternative solutions and to take the risks necessary to become successful problem solvers. Effective instructional approaches and learning activities draw on students’ prior knowledge, capture their interest, and encourage meaningful practise both inside and outside the classroom. Students will be engaged when they are able to see the connection between the scientific concepts they are learning and their application in the world around them and in real-life situations. Due to its importance, students will have opportunities to learn in a variety of ways- individually, cooperatively, independently, with teacher direction, through hands-on experiences, and through examples followed by practice. The approaches and strategies teachers use will vary according to both the object of the learning and the needs of the students. Teachers will accomplish this in online environment with the use of: virtual labs, online simulations, animations, videos, discussion forums, live chat and other interactive objects.
Accommodations for students with an IEP in an online high school
All students can succeed. Some students are able, with certain accommodations, to participate in the regular course curriculum and to demonstrate learning independently. Accommodations allow access to the course without any changes to the knowledge and skills the student is expected to demonstrate. The accommodations required to facilitate the student’s learning can be identified by the teacher, but recommendations from a School Board generated Individual Education Plan (IEP) if available can also be consulted. Instruction based on principles of universal design and differentiated instruction focuses on the provision of accommodations to meet the diverse needs of learners.
Examples of accommodations (but not limited to) include:
- Adjustment and or extension of time required to complete assignments or summative tasks
- Providing alternative assignments or summative tasks
- Use of scribes and/or other assistive technologies
- Simplifying the language of instruction
Teachers will bring additional resources and teaching materials that provide a rich and diverse learning environment. Units in this course profile make specific reference to the intended textbook for this course but can be substituted for any relevant and approved text.
- Stickney, Jeff, Stephan Anderson, David Jopling, Joy Martyr-Andre, Leo Oja, Ellen Quejada, and Andrew Wilson.
- Philosophy: Thinkers, Theories and Questions. Montreal: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2011. Print.
- Velasquez, Manuel G. Philosophy: A Text with Readings. 9th ed. Toronto, ON: Wadsworth, 2005. Print.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is HZT4U?
HZT4U is a Grade 12 Philosophy: Questions and Theories course at a University preparation level.
What are 4U courses?
4U refers to the Grade level of the courses and the pathway. 4 means it is a grade 12 course and U means it is a university preparation course.
What is the prerequisite course for HZT4U?
Prerequisite: Any Grade 11 or 12 university (U) or university/college (M) preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.
How long does it take to complete the HZT4U online course?
At Ontario Virtual School (OVS) you can complete an online highschool credit courses as quickly as 4 weeks, or take as long as 12 months.
Will my marks be sent directly to OUAC or OCAS?
Yes, we can send the marks for your online courses directly to OUAC, OCAS, your home, and to your day school.