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  • Uncertainty, Vagueness and DisagreementPHIL40013

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject tackles issues around information and when it is hard to deal with, because it is uncertain, imprecise or contested. We are often confronted by situations where we are uncertain, when our ideas are imprecise or ambiguous, and when we otherwise disagree and cannot seem to resolve this...

  • Philosophy MethodsPHIL90024

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject provides an introduction to research presentation, university level teaching and core areas of contemporary philosophical research.    

  • The Moral Limits of MarketsPHIL90027

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    It is now possible to buy or sell many things that have traditionally been kept outside of the market. Controversial examples include the sale of human organs and the renting of reproductive labour. Supporters of these markets argue that they provide a means of allocating important goods whose su...

  • Applied Ethics Thesis Part 1PHIL90038

    Offered:Semester 1, Semester 2Year:2019

    The thesis provides students with the opportunity to research, design and write an original thesis on a topic in applied ethics. Students will also acquire research skills and an understanding of the methods required for advanced research in philosophy.

  • Critical and Creative ThinkingPHIL90021

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject focuses on critical and creative thinking and how we can best develop and harness good ideas. The critical thinking component explores critical reasoning, causal reasoning and decision theory. The creative thinking component explores how we understand the relationship between critica...

  • Philosophy Thesis Part 1PHIL40021

    Offered:Semester 1, Semester 2Year:2019

    A supervised thesis on a topic to be approved by the School's honours coordinator. Students will be required to attend weekly seminars and present a class paper based on their thesis topic.

  • Climate EthicsPHIL90029

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject will introduce you to the challenging philosophical issues raised by climate change. We will cover some of the following questions: is climate change a Tragedy of the Commons? Do our individual GHG emissions do harm? If they do not, do we have any reason to restrain our emissions? Wh...

  • Phenomenology and ExistentialismPHIL20041

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject is a study of classic texts and major themes in phenomenology and existentialism, a tradition that shaped continental European philosophy throughout much of the 20th century. This subject focuses on central figures in that tradition, such as Sartre, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Husse...

  • The Foundations of InterpretationPHIL30024

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    We naturally try to make sense of what other people write, say, and think. But what are the principles governing this activity of interpretation? Is the correct interpretation of an article from the New York Times, of a fictional text like Madame Bovary, or of Shakespeare’s sonnets determined by ...

  • Knowledge and RealityPHIL30016

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject deals with central questions of epistemology and some aspects of the relation between epistemology and metaphysics. The primary focus will be epistemological questions about the nature of knowledge and justified belief. In addition, we will explore questions of a metaphysical nature ...

  • Greek PhilosophyPHIL20040

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject examines the ideas of pre-Socratic philosophers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. We focus specifically on the philosophical innovations of the Ancient Greeks, both in their contributions of radically new ideas and radically new methodologies. Specific questions to be discussed will i...

  • Race and Gender: Philosophical IssuesPHIL30052

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject surveys recent developments in our philosophical understanding and critiques of the social categories of race and gender. The subject will first explore issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language that arise for biological vs social constructivist accounts of race...

  • Special Topics B International RelationsPOLS90046

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject examines contemporary issues in contemporary international relations and the policy issues they raise. It draws on the expertise of prominent academic and practitioner visitors or experts in the School of Social and Political Sciences and reflects one or more of the School's core res...

  • On Country Learning: Indigenous StudiesPOLS30028

    Offered:FebruaryYear:2019Quotas apply

    This subject provides an in depth study of the historic Indigenous political struggle for racial equality, land justice, heritage control, and for self determination, by focusing on the Yorta Yorta as a case study. It embraces a number of relevant Indigenous political and historic themes. These w...

  • Political PsychologyPOLS30034


    Why do people vote the way they do? How do elites make decisions when faced with foreign policy crises? Is emotion a positive or negative force in politics? What factors lead to political participation? Why did just about everyone fail to predict the global financial crisis? Political psychology ...

  • The United Nations: Review and ReformPOLS90016

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    The subject will examine various dimensions of the conflict between national sovereignty and international interdependence which impinge on the nature and institutions of global governance. It will extend students' knowledge of the diversity of the forms of international governance, and of the pu...

  • The EU in International AffairsPOLS90011


    This subject focuses on current debates on the European Union (EU) as an International Actor in foreign policy, diplomacy and trade. It introduces students to conceptual and analytical debates and public discourses on the EU's political development and external role. It examines the context of it...

  • International Governance and LawPOLS90023

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject provides an advanced introduction to the history, theory, institutions and practice of international governance and law. The subject will provide students with a broad understanding of the evolution of the international system of states, the development of diplomacy, the evolution of...

  • US Foreign PolicyPOLS90007


    This subject examines the formation and conduct of US foreign policy.It explores the actors, ideas, interests and institutions that shape US foreign policy, including the role of the President, the Executive branch, Congress, interest groups, lobbies, and political culture, including debates abou...

  • Trade Policy Politics & GovernancePOLS90012


    This subject examines the politics and governance of international trade. It explores the domestic and international dimensions of trade policy-making and the growing complexity of the "trade agenda" in national and international politics. It examines theories of trade and protection and theories...