The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course will explore the thoughts and influence of a range of highly influential modern and contemporary thinkers. Broadly speaking, these figures will be presented as representing the growth and development of the academic study of philosophy and religion. Such exploration is designed to further 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 2 - 2018.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HUMA2010. Students who have successfully completed HUMA2010 are not eligible to enrol in PHIL2010.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of key influential modern and contemporary 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 most important and influential figures across modern cultural traditions whose work has had major impact on the development of philosophical and religious thought.

Assumed knowledge

PHIL1010 The World's Great Thinkers I: Ancient to Early Modern

Assessment items

Essay: Essay 1 (50%)

Essay: Essay 2 (50%)