Philosophy Honours I

Course code PHIL4050Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Studied in conjunction with PHIL4060, PHIL4070 and PHIL4080, the four courses jointly constituting the honours program in philosophy - provides honours philosophy students with an opportunity to participate in an intensive in-depth study seminar on a major area, theme or problem in philosophy based in extensive reading and extended critical discussion.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe objectives of the honours program in philosophy are:
(1) Impart to individual students mature and disciplined knowledge to honours level of philosophical themes, problems or areas.

(2) Impart to students critical skills, to honours level, to deal with the issues involved and employ the knowledge and methods involved 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.
ContentThe philosophy honours program comprises 4 seminars on 4 distinct aspects of philosophy and a written thesis.The specific content of a seminar will vary with the expertise of the staff member preparing the seminar; the thesis topic will be chosen in the light of the student's interests, abilities and experience, in relation to those of the supervising staff. Seminars have, e.g., recently included studies of scientific rationality, the rise of virtue ethics, and the rational basis of sociality.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge110 units of successfully completed Philosophy course, or equivalent, plus qualification for entry to the B.A. pass degree, or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment for the honours program in philosophy comprises 5000 words of written work for each of 4 seminars plus a written thesis of 12000 words, for a total of 32000 words. Assessment for each seminar will be by written work that will be individually structured to suit the subject matter. It will normally be by 2 essays, one of 2000 words, 40%, the other of 3000 words, 60%, but this may be varied to include more frequent, smaller case studies, summaries and the like earlier on, to equivalent value, as the subject matter requires. These essays will require the student to demonstrate mastery of the central concepts, principles and arguments of the material studied. Independent research will be required, guided by the assigned readings and seminar discussions, the latter providing continual assessment and feedback on individual student ability to properly engage the subject matter. Approximately 25% of this course will relate to issues in the methodology of philosophical work.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHIL4050