ATS4869 - Philosophy honours B - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr John Thrasher

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Students are required to complete two sub-units of coursework, each of which involves nine 2-hour seminars across the course of the semester. At least 3 sub-units will be offered each semester. (Students are welcome to attend all sub-units offered, but are only required to attend and submit assessment tasks for two sub-units) The sub-units on offer will be drawn from the following pool:

  1. metaphysics and epistemology;
  2. value theory;
  3. foundations of analytic philosophy;
  4. contemporary European philosophy;
  5. philosophy of mind and cognition;
  6. philosophical pedagogy. At the beginning of each semester students will be provided with details of which sub-units are on offer.


Students who successfully complete this subject will gain the ability to read and understand advanced philosophical material in some specific areas of current research. They will be able to examine and criticise arguments in those areas, as well as develop and defend their own position on some specific issues within those areas. They will further their basic competence in the use of research tools in Philosophy. Those who undertake the Philosophical Pedagogy unit will additionally gain an appreciation for the ways in which the practical demonstration of these research skills informs teaching.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Philosophy Honours A (ATS4868)

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