The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course builds on the introduction provided by PHIL1010 and PHIL2010 to the foundational areas, themes or questions within the philosophy and religion disciplines, and the methods of study 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): HUMA3010. Students who have successfully completed HUMA3010 are not eligible to enrol in PHIL3010.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Show critical understanding of key questions and positions within the study of philosophy and religion

2. Demonstrate skills in studying and analysing concepts and issues in the disciplines in question

3. Demonstrate advanced competence interpreting the big ideas and debates within the disciplines in question

4. Apply 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 focuses on some of the big ideas that have been perennially debated by philosophers and religious thinkers. These ideas may include the following: democracy, capitalism, globalism, theism and atheism, enlightenment and post-enlightenment thought, world war, the holocaust, and the ethics of life and death. It facilitates students' active participation in debating these ideas, in both oral and written forms, and promotes research skills in philosophical and/or religious method, which could serve as a platform for honours studies in subsequent years.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of PHIL coded subjects.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay 1 (50%)

Essay: Essay 2 (50%)