Handbook

Philosophy

Year and Campus: 2015
Overview:

Philosophy is the study of the most fundamental aspects of reality and value. Every area of inquiry and endeavour—from art and history through politics and economics to biology and mathematics—generates philosophical issues about our world and our place in it. Philosophers debate the meaning of life and the meaning of adverbs, the analysis of Divine foreknowledge and the analysis of colour, the nature of mathematics and the nature of terrorism.

Work in philosophy involves the creative, critical task of constructing, clarifying and comparing ideas. We dig into the fundamental assumptions beneath our everyday views, to see how they hang together, how they can be improved, or how we might have reason to prefer one over another. We learn to take conflicting views seriously, to clarify imprecise concepts, and to synthesize new positions.

You learn both traditional and contemporary approaches to individual topics in Philosophy. In tutorials and written work you practice the important skill of advancing cogent and informed arguments of your own.

Students go on to apply their philosophical skills in a wide range of different careers where creative and analytic thinking is useful, such as law, education, analysis, advocacy and policy development.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this major will:

  • Possess a broad knowledge and understanding of the discipline of philosophy over a range of different areas, and a deep understanding of some of those areas. They will be able to identify, understand and synthesise major disciplinary themes from among ethics, social and political philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology and logic, across a range of historical periods;
  • Engage critically with existing philosophical conversations and develop the capacity for critical and creative interventions in those discussions, using a wide range of approaches and independent research skills;
  • Discern the relevance of philosophical ideas in a wide variety of fields and contexts. This will include recognising and critiquing the epistemological, ontological and ethical assumptions in social, political, scientific, moral, and cultural positions and arguments;
  • Bring philosophical intelligence and expertise to bear in their studies in disciplines beyond philosophy, and recognise the import of other disciplines for philosophical thinking;
  • Demonstrate a high-level of fluency in communication and collaboration skills, including oral and written presentation of arguments and effective work in small and large groups;
  • Be prepared to engage with the possibility of radical critique of critique of their own presuppositions and commitments.

Structure & Available Subjects:

Major

A Major in Philosophy consists of eight 12.5-point subjects, totalling 100 points:

Level 1 (25 points)

and one of:

  • PHIL10002 Philosophy: The Great Thinkers
  • PHIL10003 Philosophy: The Big Questions

Level 2 (37.5 points)

  • Three level 2 subjects

Level 3 (37.5 points)

  • Two level 3 subjects
  • The compulsory capstone subject PHIL30007 The Philosophy of Philosophy

Total 100 points

Minor

A Minor in Philosophy consists of six 12-point subjects, totalling 75 points.

Level 1 (25 points)

  • One Arts Foundation Subject, Reason (MULT10016) is recommended but not required

and one of:

  • PHIL10002 Philosophy: The Great Thinkers
  • PHIL10003 Philosophy: The Big Questions

Level 2/3 (50 points)

  • Two level 2 subjects
  • Two Level 3 subjects

Note: The capstone subject is not available in the minor.

Subject Options:


Philosophy: Level 1 subjects

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Level 2

37.5 points from the following:

Level 3

25 points from the following as well as the Capstone subject 161-310 The Philosophy of Philosophy:


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Not offered in 2015
12.50

Capstone

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Other Electives

Students can also credit one of the following 3 elective subjects towards a Major in Philosophy

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Not offered in 2015
12.50
Links to further information: http://philosophy.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts

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