Integrated Studies & Philosophy
All students in the Esquimalt High School 4C Challenge Program are required to take two Integrated Studies & Philosophy Courses.
Integrated Studies & Philosophy 9
Philosophy can be defined as ‘the love of wisdom’ and also as the search for or study of wisdom. This begs the question ‘what is wisdom’. Since many philosophers agree that wisdom is knowledge of that which is of greatest importance to human beings philosophy is the study of that which is of the greatest importance to us.
Philosophy investigates fundamental questions about the nature of things - questions about the universe as a whole, about human beings, society, science, ethics, and art. Philosophy explores many deep issues of principle that do not easily fit into more specialized disciplines. It will challenge you with its reflective and critical approach to important but often puzzling questions such as the nature of right and wrong, time and space, perception, and the human mind.
The Integrated Studies & Philosophy 9 course is designed to give students a broad exposure to the Western and Eastern philosophical traditions that span the past 2,500 years. The course begins in ancient Greece, moves to India, China, Japan, and then to Europe and the Americas. Students are given the opportunity to study some of the most important texts in human civilization, such as Plato’s Apology, as well as the freedom to pursue self-selected interests through research.
Integrated Studies & Philosophy 11
Integrated Studies & Philosophy 11 includes two strands: a deeper look at philosophy carrying on from earlier work in grade 9 and a guided development of a self-directed major research project which culminates in the production of a paper and a public presentation.
In the philosophy strand students continue to investigate major trends in thinking but from the modern and post modern era. The course is thematic and focuses on political, environmental, and ethical philosophy. This is an exciting course for students interested in contemporary issues.
The second strand in the course supports self-directed learning. Every student becomes an expert in an area of personal interest and then shares that expertise with the class. Student projects range from pursuing an interest in science or technology and presenting at the Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair to putting together a public art show of the student's own work to hosting an open forum on homelessness.
Students are taught important research skills in this course essential for success at the post-secondary level. Students are also taught presentation skills.
Integrated Studies Resources
Several online resources for these courses are listed on the left of this page. For services requiring a password please contact Esquimalt High School's Teacher-Librarian, Mr. Orme. Contact information is available by selecting the Library menu above.