• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Major code PHIL-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Philosophy Major

Philosophy is an investigation into fundamental matters of human concern. It is at the same time an investigation into problems basic to all the various special disciplines pursued in a university. It is not normally taught outside universities, and for this reason there are no special prerequisites for admission to a philosophy course.

Courses are grouped into analytical, continental, and moral and political traditions and it is recommended that students complete their major within a tradition, though they are free to choose any combination of philosophy courses to complete their major. 



Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.


Learning outcomes

Students who complete this major will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • closely analyse and critique arguments in a wide variety of fields and contexts, which may include using formal logic.
  • develop cogent arguments and presentations, including engaging with detailed criticism of their ideas.
  • apply complex abstract ideas to real-world phenomena in a wide variety of fields and contexts.
  • recognise implicit epistemological and ontological assumptions in social, political, scientific, moral, and cultural arguments and positions, and relate them to contesting ideas and real-world scenarios.
  • describe western philosophical traditions and their history.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
MATH1042 Philosophy of the Cosmos 6
PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6
PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking 6
PHIL1007 Philosophy, Society, Humanity 6

A minimum of 36 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
PHIL2016 Philosophy of Language 6
PHIL2042 Philosophy of the Cosmos 6
PHIL2057 Philosophy of Science 6
PHIL2060 Contemporary Metaphysics 6
PHIL2061 Philosophy of Psychology 6
PHIL2074 Modern Theories of Knowledge 6
PHIL2080 Logic 6
PHIL2094 Themes from Wittgenstein 6
PHIL2100 Origins of Analytical Philosophy 6
PHIL3072 Advanced Analytic Philosophy 6
PHIL2059 Love Death and Freedom (20th Century French Phenomenology) 6
PHIL2087 European Philosophy A 6
PHIL2097 European Philosophy B 6
PHIL2102 Film as Philosophy 6
PHIL3070 Reason, Critique and the Self: Kant and German Idealism 6
PHIL3071 Advanced Continental Philosophy 6
  POLS 2076: Frankfurt School
ASIA2054 Chinese Philosophy: Creation and Development 6
PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice 6
PHIL2064 Theories of Ethics 6
PHIL2065 Politics and Rights 6
PHIL2082 Sex and Death: the Philosophy of Biology 6
PHIL2085 Applied Ethics 6
PHIL2092 Philosophy of The Enlightenment 6
PHIL2101 Democracy, Difference and Desire 6
PHIL2110 Social Philosophy 6
PHIL2111 Global Citizens 6
PHIL2113 Global Justice 6
PHIL2114 Sustainability, System and Agency 6
PHIL2115 Political Philosophy from Hobbes to Mill 6
PHIL2117 Meta-ethics 6
PHIL3062 Advanced Philosophical Topics A 6
PHIL3063 Advanced Philosophical Topics B 6
PHIL3073 Advanced Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy 6
POLS2063 Contemporary Political Theory 6
POLS2102 The Political Philosophy of Deception 6
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