• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy

The course will primarily study selections from the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, who exercised a huge influence on Twentieth Century philosophy, literature and art. Schopenhauer’s theory of the ‘World as will’ forms a vital background to understanding Nietzsche’s wide-ranging critique of morality and his interrogation of the question of ‘the value of truth’ in an era he labelled profoundly nihilistic. Nietzsche’s wide influence on other thinkers will also be considered.

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. Demonstrate familiarity with some of the key ideas of Nietzsche, and think critically about them 


2. Demonstrate familiarity with some of the critical literature on Nietzsche


3. Articulate reasoned views on Nietzsche’s philosophy , supported by close textual reading and argument.


The course also aims to facilitate the development of  


4. Intellectual discrimination: the ability to pick out key points; to show a sense of the issues, to imaginatively interpret ideas


5. Intellectual control: mastery of the material; coherent organization in writing; sensitivity to the use of concepts; ability to construct an argument/interpretation


6. Techniques for engaging with challenging reading and going deeper into the insights and problems it poses


7.  A capacity for independent research in the area of study, supported by proper notes and bibliography.

Indicative Assessment

2 Interpretative reading exercises, 300 words each, one on Schopenhauer, one on Nietzsche (5% each)(LO 4-6). Combined with a draft essay outline (unassessed) these exercises will be preparatory to the essay tasks. 


2 essays: 1,500 words, 30% and 2,000 words, 50% (LO 1-7)


Contribution to debate 1 (oral, in class, 5 mins) 5% (LO 3)


Contribution to debate 2 (discussion board, online 250 words) 5% (LO 3)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of GEND or DRAM or HIST or PHIL or POLS or SOCY or LING or ENGL or ARTH or ANCH or ARCH or ANTH or BIAN or FILM Courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener.

Prescribed Texts

The Gay Science, Nietzsche (trans. Kaufmann)
Basic Writings of Nietzsche, Nietzsche (trans. Kaufmann)




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9966 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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