The course will introduce students to philosophy through the study of four central areas of philosophical interest: epistemology, critical reasoning, 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 epistemology, critical reasoning, 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 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.



  1. Introduction to theory of knowledge;
  2. Perceptual belief and knowledge;
  3. Some problems of knowledge, including the problem of scepticism.

Critical reasoning:

  1. The nature and uses of argument;
  2. Validity and truth;
  3. Propositional arguments and their validity;
  4. The syllogism and its validity.


  1. The nature and purpose of metaphysics;
  2. A selected topic in metaphysics such as 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.

Applications of Philosophy: Application of Philosophy to a selected topic such as the meaning of life, Philosophy and Superman and Philosophy in Film.


This course is not available to students who have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPHUMA150 or EPHUMA250.

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercise

Essay: Minor Essay

Written Assignment: Critical Reasoning Assignment

In Term Test: Class Test

Quiz: Metaphysics Class Quiz

Essay: Major Essay

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


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