Philosophy 1

Course code EPHUMA150Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

Introduces students to philosophy through the study of two central areas of philosophical interest: epistemology and critical reasoning. A basic level of knowledge of core philosophical concepts and skills is provided along with development of a wider set of necessary skills for university study, including academic reading, writing and research skills. Exploration of individual beliefs and mutual respect for the diversity of viewpoints across individuals and cultures is encouraged through discussion.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion, students should be able to demonstrate:

1. a basic familiarity with the fundamental issues, concepts and arguments in epistemology and critical reasoning;

2. an awareness of the difference between mere opinion and reasoned belief and a recognition of, and respect for, competing points of view;

3. a basic capacity to construct and critically evaluate arguments;

4. a basic competence in the reading of academic texts and a capacity to integrate reading of texts with material presented in lectures;

5. a basic competence in critical thinking and essay writing skills, including the use of argument, organisation of ideas and the use and acknowledgement of primary and secondary literature sources;

6. a basic competence in research skills, including the use of libraries.
ContentThe course covers:

1. Epistemology:
1.1 Introduction to theory of knowledge;
1.2 Perceptual belief and knowledge;
1.3 Some problems of knowledge, including scepticism.

2. Critical reasoning:
2.1 The nature and uses of argument;
2.2 Validity and truth;
2.3 Propositional arguments and their validity;
2.4 The traditional syllogism and its validity.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassCritical Reasoning and Epistemology, 1 hour
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of relevant epistemological issues and basic competence in essay-writing and argument skills, and mastery of critical reasoning skills to that point. Provides experience in examination technique.
Essays / Written AssignmentsTutorial Exercise, 500 words
Introduces basic essay-writing skills, including organisation of ideas and expression. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of relevant epistemological issues concerning human perception.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEpistemology Essay, 1000 words
Develops basic essay-writing and research skills, including organisation of ideas, expression, referencing and the use of argument. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of relevant epistemological issues.
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritical Reasoning Assignment, 1-3 pages
Demonstrates mastery of relevant critical reasoning skills.
Examination: FormalFinal Examination, 2 hours
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of relevant epistemological issues and basic competence in essay-writing and argument skills, and mastery of critical reasoning skills. Assesses overall proficiency in the course.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPHUMA150