Introduction to Philosophy A


Introduces students to areas, themes or problems in philosophy in a manner designed to provide them with a basic grasp of the nature and scope of the discipline.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Impart to students familiarity with, and knowledge of, the main issues addressed and approaches taken by philosophers.

2. Impart to students, critical skills to deal with these issues and employ these approaches in their assessment of their own culture and societal life, and in thinking about their own personal lives.

3. Develop high level written and oral skills in analysing and presenting philosophical issues.

4. Develop a capacity to appreciate the philosophical positions involved in how people approach ways of living and evaluating life situations.


Specific content will vary from year to year, and typically covers two major philosophical areas, themes or problems.

The course may focus on one particular philosophy, for instance Plato, or it may survey several under a selected theme, such as freedom and responsibility, or under a selected problem, such as the nature of mind.

These will be chosen so as to complement those for PHIL1030 so that the two courses together provide a balanced coverage of the core areas of the discipline:

  • moral and political philosophy;
  • the theory of knowledge (epistemology);
  • the nature of reality (metaphysics)

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay 1

Essay: Essay 2

In Term Test: Take Home Exam

Contact Hours

Callaghan and On-Line from Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term