Handbook

Philosophy

Year and Campus: 2015

Coordinator

Associate Professor Howard Sankey

Email: chs@unimelb.edu.au

Contact

Enquiries
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Email: 13MELB@unimelb.edu.au

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 the Graduate Diploma in Arts in this area of specialisation should:

  • 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;
  • 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:

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

The Graduate Diploma in Arts in this area of specialisation requires:

  • one compulsory subject (12.5 points)
  • two core subjects (25 points)
  • five elective subjects (62.5 points)

Total 100 points

Subject Options:


Compulsory Subject

One compulsory subject (12.5 points)

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Core Subjects

two core subjects (25 points)

Subject
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Not offered in 2015
12.50

Level 1 Elective Subjects

Maximum 12.5 points

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Level 2 Elective Subjects

Subject
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Semester 2
12.50
Semester 2
12.5

Level 3 Elective Subjects

A minimum of two elective subjects at 3rd year level (25 points)


Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2015
12.50
Links to further information: http://shaps.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Arts

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