Philosophy 2


Introduces students to philosophy through the study of two central areas of philosophical interest: metaphysics and ethics. 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.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. A basic familiarity with the fundamental issues, concepts and arguments in metaphysics and ethics;

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

4. 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;

5. A basic competence in research skills, including the use of libraries.


The course covers:Metaphysics:

  1. The nature and purpose of metaphysics;
  2. Topics in metaphysics which may include: the mind/body problem; life after death; the existence of God.


  1. Nature and purpose of ethics;
  2. Introduction to basic ethical theories;
  3. Case study: Application of ethical theories and arguments;
  4. Arguments concerning relevant ethical theories.


Students must have successfully completed EPHUMA150 and be active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program to enrol in this course.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Metaphysics Class Test

Essay: Metaphysics Essay

Essay: Ethics Essay

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks