• 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 will primarily study selections from the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, who exercised a huge influence on Twentieth Century philosophy, literature and art. We will look at essential philosophical background as well as important legacies of Nietzsche's ideas. In particular, Schopenhauer’s theory of the ‘world as will’ forms a vital background to understanding Nietzsche’s wide-ranging critique of morality; while Nietzsche's interest in the question of ‘the value of truth’ has had a deep influence on post-structuralist philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically engage with some of Nietzsche's key ideas;
  2. demonstrate familiarity with some of the critical literature on Nietzsche;
  3. articulate reasoned views on Nietzsche’s philosophy, supported by close reading and argument; and
  4. conduct independent research in the area of study, supported by proper notes and bibliography.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Interpretative reading exercise, 350 words, on Schopenhauer or on Nietzsche. (5) [LO 1]
  2. Short essay (1300 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Contribution to debate 1 (oral, in class, 5 mins or approx 600 words) (5) [LO 3]
  4. Contribution to debate 2 (discussion board, online 350 words) (5) [LO 3]
  5. Long essay (2400 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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 GEND, PHIL, POLS, SOCY, LING or ENGL courses. Alternatively students may gain permission from the course convener.

Prescribed Texts

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


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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
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