Category: Year 09

Free Speech for Hamsters

This clip presents, in an accessible and humorous way, some of the issues surrounding free speech. It could be used to introduce a lesson or lessons on free speech. Teachers might use it in different ways, depending on the ages of the students.

Free Speech by Nigel Warburton

Title: Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction Author: Nigel Warburton Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0-19-923235-2 This short book is an accessible resource for teachers. The book itself is probably, as a whole, too complex for most high school students. Teachers might use it primarily to familiarise themselves with the debates surrounding free speech. There […]

William Paley: The Argument From Design

This PowerPoint presentation covers the argument for the existence of God known as The Teleological Argument or The Argument From Design as presented by William Paley. The presentation uses clear and basic language that would be suitable for year 9 and 10 students or younger.

Censorship in New Zealand

This is a useful site for students regarding censorship, including the legal aspects, history, and how censorship works. It is an overview resource, not particularly in depth but a good place to begin when discussing censorship as an ethical issue.

The Power of Myth

Title: The Power of Myth Author: Campbell, Joseph Publisher: Anchor Books Location: New York ISBN: 0-385-41886-8 Joseph Campbell is often regarded as one of the preeminent scholars of world mythology. George Lucas credited him with influencing Star Wars. The Power of Myth is in the form of a dialogue between Campbell and Bill Moyers which […]

Libertarianism by Matt Zwolinski

This article provides a comprehensive overview of libertarianism. While the article as a whole is complex, two sections are especially accessible. The opening section is especially accessible. Teachers might present this to students as a way of introducing the topic to them. The concluding section – ‘Libertarianism as an Overlapping Consensus’ – could help to […]

New Freeland

This proposed constitution for New Zealand outlines the principles that some libertarians think should govern a state. Libertarianism is a political system that holds that freedom, or liberty, is the primary political value. Libertarians oppose big government, and many of the benefits that governments purport to offer. Teachers might present students with extracts from this […]