Category: Year 11, NCEA Level 1


John Stuart Mill in On Liberty, chapter two, argues that we should never censor ideas, either true or false. This is a complex section and will require teaching assistance for older students to understand the language Mill uses, but the ideas are simple to understand and consider further.

Media Ethics censorship

What is appropriate to say on television? Below are links to two videos of Paul Henry, a controversial television presenter. The first is where Henry cannot pronounce the name of a person correctly and ends up in fits of laughter. The second, the more controversial, is the discussion with Prime Minister John Key, where Henry […]

Attack on Freedom of Speech NZ

Wiki news site describing why some critics have claimed the amendment to the Electorate Finance Act curbs our liberties to speech because individuals and groups of kiwis will face restrictions on what they can say for or against a political party. Is this an attack on freedom of speech?

Cosmological Argument

A basic YouTube clip by The Headless Professor which outlines The Cosmological Argument. There are a series of YouTube clips by The Headless Professor covering Philosophy of religion topics. This clip is appropriate for a range of secondary school students.

Freedom of Speech in NZ historically

Philosophy Resource Managing | Home This site describes the freedom of speech laws, or lack thereof, in NZ historically and as such provides a useful background information for students discussing freedom of speech as an ethical or political topic.

Media Ethics Case Study

The Pike River mine disaster is a useful case study regarding the ethical practices of journalists during times of extreme stress and grief. Notably, it demonstrates to what extent journalists are prepared to go for a good, humanised story. This case study provides a pertinent and relevant case study on an applied ethical issue. For […]

Justice Rawls and Nozick

This article gives a comprehensive and clear introduction to the theories of John Rawls and Robert Nozick. The content and language used is appropriate for Year 11, 12 and 13 styudents.

Competing Principles of Justice

A useful introduction to distributive justice, this resource discusses equality, need, desert and the objections connected to each basis of distribution. This Article is targeted to Year 12 and 13 students but could potentially be manageable for younger students as well.