Philosophy 1A

Course code PHIL1020Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives(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.
ContentSpecific 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)
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThere is no assumed knowledge.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo or more written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, short-answer assignments, all totaling 4000 words. 100%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHIL1020