• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, English, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Human Rights

Philosophy has always been concerned with raising and exploring fundamental questions about the nature of humanity and society, questions that still preoccupy us today and inform many of the other disciplines studied at university. This first year course aims to introduce students to philosophical reflection on questions to do with the  meaning and potential in human life, how we imagine ourselves to be capable of living and how we understand ourselves as connected with one another in societies. It comprises two 6 week segments, in most cases taught sequentially by two faculty members. Segment topics will be devised by lecturers to provide an interesting introduction to these areas of philosophy and a coherent study programme: examples of topics might include the following; Mind, World and DreamsDescartes’ Meditations; Philosophers and Other Animals; Utopias; Introduction to Continental Philosophy; Philosophy and the Environment.

Course Syllabus

The course will comprise two segments typically taught by different lecturers. 

Learning Outcomes

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

The course aims to (1) equip students with knowledge of some core areas of philosophy (2) build student skills in argumentation, the critical evaluation of texts, basic research and essay writing etc, as appropriate for a first year course (3) provide for the development of skills in discussion and debate.

Indicative Assessment

For the first segment of the course: 1 x 2000 word essay (45%) (Learning Outcomes 1 and 2)

For the second segment: 1 x 500 word short essay (15%); 1 x 1,500 word essay (30%) or exam (Learning Outcomes 1 and 2)

Tutorial participation: 10%  (Learning Outcome 3)

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Weekly Seminars or Lectures plus tutorials - the course aims to encourage participation at a supportive and introductory level of discussion, with webCT recording, notes etc.as back-up.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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




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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9583 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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