• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
The course offers a wide-ranging introduction to issues in social philosophy.  Topics discussed may include:  Commercial society and the division of labour; self-interest; the use of knowledge in society; the gift relationship; globalization; freedom; famine; identity; the environment; democracy; deliberation and the public sphere; proprietorial communities; women, children and the domestic division of labour


This course will count in the Philosophy major

Learning Outcomes

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

The course aims to give students a broad introduction to issues in social philosophy, with three more specific aims in mind: (i) to develop students' knowledge of and abilities to critically evaluate arguments in social philosophy; (ii) through this, to prepare students for more advanced work in this field, and to provide background knowledge for courses in applied philosophy more generally; (iii) to provide some intellectual background for the consideration of public policy issues, both domestic and international

Indicative Assessment

Initial exercise 500 words (10%), First essay 1500 words (35%), second essay 2000 words (45%) and tutorial presentation (10%)

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21 hours of Lectures over the semester and 12 tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

Preliminary Reading

Peter Singer, The Expanding Circle

Assumed Knowledge

This course is available to any undergraduate student who has taken 12 units of first year courses.  Completion of PHIL1004 would be a useful background, but the course should also prove interesting to students whose background is in, for example, economics or political science




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

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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.

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