• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Brian Garrett
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course aims to introduce students to practices of argumentation, critical analysis, and evaluation. Such skills in critical thinking are integral to the discipline of philosophy. They are also tremendously useful in other academic domains, in theworkplace, and in everyday life. The course aims to help students to understand and develop the skills required for critical thinking, and to encourage them to explore the ways in which these skills can further the pursuit of both their academic andnonacademic projects. Topics covered may include: inductive and deductive reasoning, common fallacies, the use of rhetoric, and elementary logic.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

1 . Critically analyse beliefs, including their own beliefs, to identify underlying assumptions and unforeseen consequences (especially assumptions or consequences that are open to objections the original belief did not appear susceptible to).

2. Analyse others’ arguments - especially the arguments of philosophers - presented in both written and oral forms, and identify ( 1) where they have committed informal fallacies and (2) where their arguments are vulnerable to particular critical strategies identified in the course, such as counterexamples or questioning the use of a definite description.

3. Analyse others’ arguments and identify where they have successfully used the strategies and techniques from the course.

4. Formulate arguments that appropriately incorporate techniques from the course.

5. Communicate these arguments clearly in both written form, and Oral form - drawing where relevant on strategies for clear written and oral communication from the course.

6. Use elementary formal logic to represent arguments and determine whether they are deductively valid or invalid.

7. Reflect on their own set of strategies for philosophical analysis and argument, and identify the improvement and growth that has taken place during the course.

Indicative Assessment

Portfolio of short assignments equivalent to 2000 words (50%)(Learning outcomes 1-5 and 7).

2 exams (20% each) (Learning outcome 6)

Tutorial participation (10%) (Learning outcomes 1-7).

Students will also receive unassessed feedback in tutorials and lectures from tutors and peers.

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Two lectures per week (2 hours) and one tutorial per week (1 hour), plus 7 hours per week of reading, completing exercises, and preparing assessment tasks. Lecture notes and assessment questions will be posted on Wattle.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTS1000 or PHIL1003.

Prescribed Texts

Required readings will be posted on Wattle

Preliminary Reading





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7584 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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