HSC courses at Sydney
Both Mind and Morality and America: Rebels, Heroes & Renegades are HSC courses that are endorsed by NSW Board of Studies. This means that they can count towards a degree at the University of Sydney. You can take these courses whilst you are in year 11.
This philosophy course consists of four modules:
- Mind and Body
Am I my mind or am I my body? Do I have a soul that could survive after my body is destroyed?
- Nature, Machines and the Mind
Are my thoughts just brain states? Is artificial intelligence possible? Could a robot think and feel?
- Moral Diversity and Relativism
Are any moral judgments true? Is morality determined by God’s commands? Is morality merely subjective or culturally relative?
- Moral Unity
What are the sources of shared moral values? Should we act so as to increase overall happiness? Should we violate someone’s rights in order to increase overall happiness?
This course gives you the opportunity to develop university standard writing and thinking skills. During the course you will look at historical and contemporary America through the lens of its influential rebels, heroes, and renegades: female and male, ordinary and extraordinary, political and cultural, known and unsung. By studying these people, students learn about the complexity and diversity of the US and gain insight into how it has become such a powerful global force.