Undergraduate Courses

Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions in ethics, politics, reasoning, and understanding. What are the ethical implications of global poverty and climate change? What is the impact of biotechnology on humans and the environment? How are we able to understand other people’s beliefs, motives and actions? What are the principles of good reasoning? What is the nature of scientific understanding and explanation?

By studying Philosophy students will improve their critical thinking skills and broaden their understanding of diverse points of view. They will acquire research skills and gain experience in analyzing and carefully assessing arguments and ideas on a wide range of topics.

Areas of study include ethics (both practical and theoretical), political philosophy, gender, philosophy of psychology and mind, philosophy of language and logic, and philosophy of science.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Philosophy major students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of central concepts and arguments concerning contemporary problems in mind, ethics, politics, and science.
  2. Evaluate concepts, arguments, and evidence relating to different philosophical viewpoints.
  3. Critically analyse a range of alternative viewpoints and recognise their underlying assumptions.
  4. Articulate the relationship between philosophical and practical problems.
  5. Engage in responsible and informed debate and decision-making.

 

Subjects Required for Major Study

The core subjects required for a major in Philosophy are PHIL107 (Values, Mind, and Self), PHIL206 (Ethics), PHIL220 (Knowledge, Explanation, and Understanding), and PHIL309 (Great Thinkers). In addition, students must complete at least 22 credit points in other PHIL subjects, at least 16 of which must be from 300-level PHIL subjects.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core
PHIL107 Values, Mind and Self 6 Autumn
PHIL206 Ethics 8 Spring
PHIL220 Knowledge, Explanation and Understanding 8 Autumn
PHIL309 Great Thinkers 8 Autumn
Plus at least ONE subject from the following at 100- or 200-Level:
PHIL106 Media, Art and Censorship 6 Spring
PHIL151 Argument, Evidence and Knowledge 6 Spring
PHIL207 International Studies in Philosophy 8 Autumn, Spring
PHIL213 Gender, Sex and Power 8 Autumn
PHIL217 Global Ethics 8 Autumn
PHIL241 Contemporary Phenomenology 8 Spring
PHIL255 Language and Logic 8 Not offered in 2015
PHIL258 Ethics and the Environment 8 Autumn
PHIL288 Philosophy of Mind 8 Autumn
POL 213 Key Concepts and Thinkers in Political Theory 8 Autumn
Plus at least TWO subjects from the following at 300-Level:
PHIL305 Special Philosophical Questions 8 Autumn, Spring
PHIL310 Advanced Practical Ethics 8 Not offered in 2015
PHIL313 Contemporary Ethics 8 Not offered in 2015
PHIL314 Understanding Minds 8 Not offered in 2015
PHIL317 Contemporary Political Philosophy 8 Spring
PHIL324 Digital Philosophy 8 Not offered in 2015
PHIL325 Life and Mind 8 Spring
PHIL380 Bioethics 8 Autumn

Subjects Required for Minor Study

A minor in Philosophy will consist of at least 28 credit points in PHIL subjects. Of these, at least 16 credit points must be from subjects at 200-level or 300-level.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
No more than TWO subjects from the following:
PHIL107 Values, Mind and Self 6 Autumn
PHIL106 Media, Art and Censorship 6 Spring
PHIL151 Argument, Evidence and Knowledge 6 Spring
Plus at least TWO subjects from the following:
PHIL206 Ethics 8 Spring
PHIL207 International Studies in Philosophy 8 Autumn, Spring
PHIL213 Gender, Sex and Power 8 Autumn
PHIL217 Global Ethics 8 Autumn
PHIL220 Knowledge, Explanation and Understanding 8 Autumn
PHIL241 Contemporary Phenomenology 8 Spring
PHIL255 Language and Logic 8 Not offered in 2015
PHIL258 Ethics and the Environment 8 Autumn
PHIL288 Philosophy of Mind 8 Autumn
POL 213 Key Concepts and Thinkers in Political Theory 8 Autumn
PHIL305 Special Philosophical Questions 8 Autumn, Spring
PHIL309 Great Thinkers 8 Autumn
PHIL310 Advanced Practical Ethics 8 Not offered in 2015
PHIL313 Contemporary Ethics 8 Spring
PHIL314 Understanding Minds 8 Not offered in 2015
PHIL317 Contemporary Political Philosophy 8 Spring
PHIL324 Digital Philosophy 8 Not offered in 2015
PHIL325 Life and Mind 8 Spring
PHIL380 Bioethics 8 Autumn

Honours

See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 10 July, 2015