Philosophy: Thinking and Acting


Introduces students to philosophy through the study of two central areas of philosophical interest: critical reasoning 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 critical reasoning and ethics;

2. Demonstrate a basic capacity to construct and critically evaluate arguments;

3. Demonstrate an awareness of the difference between mere opinion and reasoned belief and a recognition of, and respect for, competing points of view;

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.


The course covers:

Critical Reasoning: Evaluating Arguments

  1. Thinking clearly: why it matters
  2. Analysing arguments: A basic introduction to logic - propositional arguments and predicate arguments
  3. Evaluation of informal fallacies

Ethics: Investigating 'right' and 'wrong'

  1. Nature and purpose of ethics
  2. Basic ethical principles and where they come from
  3. Objective and subjective theories of ethics
  4. Application of ethics to a case study


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic understanding of essay writing and academic reading (any Semester 1 EPHUMA course or UON Prep essay writing course).

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Critical Reasoning Assignment

Essay: Essay Plan

Essay: Major Essay

In Term Test: Class Test

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


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