Philosophy 1B

Course code PHIL1030Units 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 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesCourse Objectives:
Through this course students will -
1) Be able to demonstrate a familiarity with, and knowledge of, the main issues addressed and approaches taken by philosophers
2) Apply critical skills to deal with philosophical 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, and demonstrate these in their tutorial participation and written assignments.
4) Develop a capacity to appreciate the philosophical positions involved in how people approach ways of living and evaluating life situations, and express this in their tutorial participation and written assignments.
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 PHIL1020 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 AssignmentsAssessment for PHIL1030 will combine essay, tutorial assignment and presentation, and written examination modes. While the length and weighting of each mode may vary modestly from year to year to suit the course matter presented, the reference assessment structure for the course is essay 1000 words, 30%. The essay will require the student to explain the central concepts of the philosophies studied. Some library research will be required, but it is expected that assigned readings will form the bulk of the material.
Essays / Written AssignmentsTutorial assignment designed to give students initial written feedback on their capacity for formal analysis and argument, tutorial assignment 500 words, 10%.
Examination: FormalWritten examination 50%. Formal or take-home exam, the latter to provide flexibility in assessment and the opportunity for more thorough discussion than is possible in a formal exam.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionTutorials will assess how well students are coming to grips with the basic issues and concepts of the course. Tutorial participation provides continual assessment and feedback on individual student ability to properly engage the course matter, tutorial participation 10%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHIL1030