Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Graham Oppy


Students will attend seminars on contemporary research offered by visiting and local speakers,, including pre-seminar presentations by the speakers (or, in some cases, an alternate presenter). Students will be required to complete short writing tasks related to eight of these seminar presentations. They will also be required to engage at a deeper level with a research problem from one of the areas developed by one or more speakers.


On completion of the unit students should be able to:

  1. Understand orally presented cutting edge philosophical papers on contemporary philosophical topics relevant to their research interests;
  2. Contribute to organised oral philosophical discussion of presented cutting edge philosophical papers across a wide range of philosophical topics;
  3. Provide detailed written exegesis and analysis of contemporary cutting edge philosophical papers relevant to their research interests;
  4. Devise questions for presenters of cutting edge philosophical papers across a wide range of philosophical topics.


Essay: 6000 words (unit objectives 1 and 3)
Short writing tasks: 8 x 400 words (unit objectives 2 and 4)

Students will produce one major essay (6,000 words) by the end of the semester. This essay will provide exegesis and critical analysis of a philosophical issue developed in one or more of the presentations attended during the semester. Students will also be required to produce eight short writing tasks of approx. 400 words each. (This will focus on the production of questions for, or the identification of major difficulties in, given presentations).

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Workload requirements

Attendance at 12 x 3 hour seminars (including a dedicated pre-seminar session) across the semester plus 17 hours of self-directed learning (reading and writing) each week