The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course will explore the thoughts and influence of a range of highly influential ancient, medieval and early modern thinkers. Broadly speaking, these figures will be presented as representing the growth and development of the areas of academic study we now know as philosophy and religion. Such exploration is designed to introduce students to foundational concepts and issues addressed in these areas of study and to provide insight into the methods that are typically employed by them.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2018.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HUMA1010. Students who have successfully completed HUMA1010 are not eligible to enrol in PHIL1010.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of key influential ancient, medieval and early modern thinkers who have shaped the areas of study of philosophy and religion

2. Demonstrate skills in studying and analysing concepts and issues in the areas of study in question

3. Demonstrate competence interpreting historical and contextual factors at work within the disciplines in question

4. Demonstrate communication and information technology skills appropriate to the presentation of concepts, issues, ideas and beliefs that are to be found in the disciplines in question.


The course will explore the thoughts and influence of a range of the most important and influential thinkers across across ancient, medieval and early modern traditions whose work has had major impact on the development of philosophical and religious thought.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quizzes 25%

Essay: Essay One 25%

Essay: Essay Two 25%

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Task 25%