• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy, Psychology, Evolution and Ecology, Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rachael Brown
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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This advanced undergraduate course introduces students to philosophical research in philosophy of the life sciences, including philosophy of biology, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of neuroscience. It is suitable for students who have a strong background in philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. analyse philosophical positions relating to philosophy of the life sciences; 
  2. synthesise novel arguments to extend philosophical positions to new empirical domains in the life sciences; 
  3. conduct philosophical research and effectively integrate and organize concepts and arguments to defend a position; and
  4. dispute and evaluate philosophical ideas verbally and to engage in interactive dialogue.

Indicative Assessment

Two x 2,500 word essays (45% each)  (learning outcomes 1, 2, and 3)
Class participation (5%) (learning outcomes 1, 2, and 4)
One x Class presentation 10 mins (5%) (learning outcomes 1, 2, and 4)
 

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Workload

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 previously completed 12 Units of 2000 or 3000 level Philosophy (PHIL) Courses, or with permission of the convenor.

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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
6787 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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