COURSE:        Senior Seminar 9

TEACHER:        Ted Spear


Course Description

The overall purpose of the Senior Seminar 8 & 9 program at Island Pacific School is to extend beyond the Practical Reasoning 6\7 foundation to conduct an introductory exploration of ethics and philosophy.  In the grade 9 course, I will begin with a very brief review of Practical Reasoning to ensure that students understand the basics (i.e. types of claims, argument structure, and informal fallacies), and then move on to an introductory examination of basic questions of philosophy.

Students will also be expected to write at least five critical responses to some of the ideas they have encountered.

Year Overview

I will meet with the students for one 45 minute block each week over the course of the year, for a total of about 25 hours of class-time.  We will begin with a brief review of the basics of Practical Reasoning and then move on to our examination of philosophical questions.

Resources & Materials

Students will need to bring a pen, some paper and an inquisitive mind to this class.


Students will be assessed on the course material that we investigate. They will also be continually guided and corrected—in the context of class interactions—to be precise, clear and consistent in their thinking.