• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Carleton Christensen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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The course will examine one or more of the major 20th century European philosophies or philosophical traditions: the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger; the existentialist tradition, e.g., Satre and Camus; and Critical Theory in the tradition of the Frankfurt School (Adorno, Marcuse and, later, Habermas and Honneth). It will involve a close study of seminal texts from representative authors in these traditions. Students should consult the Philosophy web page for detailed course content.

Learning Outcomes

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

Knowledge of the key concepts and objectives of philosophers within either the phenomenological, existentialist or critical-theoretic traditions; an ability to appreciate philosophical traditions from different cultures and times; an ability to think critically about contemporary society and key cultural institutions within it.


Other Information

This is a designated course for the BA (European Studies).

Indicative Assessment

tutorial presentation (10%); tutorial participation (10%) and two short essay or one long essay (80%)

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20 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of Philosophy (PHIL) Courses, or by permission of course convenor.

Prescribed Texts

A selection of readings will be made available to students.

Preliminary Reading

Moran, Dermot, Introduction to Phenomenology, New York: Routledge, 2000.

An extensive reading list will be provided online (WEB CT) immediately prior to the course's beginning.




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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3267 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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