• 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
    • Zachary Swindlehurst
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course is an introduction to some key issues in contemporary epistemology (i.e., issues concerning the nature of knowledge and related notions like belief and justification). It will begin with an overview of analytic epistemology in the late twentieth century, before moving on to questions that have been at the forefront of the field in the last few decades. It will consider topics such as the Gettier problem, epistemic justification, self-knowledge, and social epistemology. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of core issues in contemporary epistemology, and they will have the tools and conceptual resources to make up their own minds about those issues.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand and articulate core issues in contemporary epistemology;
  2. assess the merits of different epistemological positions and arguments;
  3. defend their own epistemological positions, in written form, using rationally persuasive argumentation; and
  4. engage in productive, well-reasoned discussion of the course material.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay 1 (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Essay 2 (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Take-home exam (short-answer questions) (40) [LO 1,2]
  4. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,4]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have completed 12 units of Philosophy (PHIL) courses, or by permission of course convener.

Prescribed Texts

All relevant course materials will be made available on wattle


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4545 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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