• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bronwyn Finnigan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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In this course, our goal will be to learn how to do philosophy by examining some of the central problems of Western and Eastern philosophical traditions. We will be particularly interested in the methods of argumentation that people have used in attempting to grapple with fundamental questions concerning the nature of human existence. In so doing, students will develop analytical skills that can be used in many other areas. We'll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is - what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then we'll spend the rest of the course gaining an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Acquire knowledge of some core philosophical problems;
  2. State and provide reasons for some central philosophical responses to these problems; and
  3. Develop basic skills in philosophical reasoning which will enable them to critically examine positions and arguments at a level appropriate for a first year introductory course.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial Participation  10% LO 2,3

First Essay (1,000 words)  20% LO 1, 2, 3

Second Essay (1,500 words)  30% LO 1, 2, 3

Final Examination, in the formal exam period  (2 hrs) 40% LO 2, 3

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

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Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2066 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

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