- Code PHIL1004
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Rachael Brown
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2024
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In this course, our goal will be to learn how to do philosophy by examining some central problems from a range of historical and contemporary philosophical traditions. We will be particularly interested in the methods of critical thinking and argumentation that people have used in attempting to answer with fundamental questions. Students will develop analytical skills that can be used in many other areas. We’ll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods. We’ll then spend the rest of the course critically examining arguments that have been provided in response to fundamental questions from several different areas of philosophy, at a level appropriate to first year students.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand and articulate some core philosophical problems;
- explain and critically examine some central philosophical responses to these problems;
- defend a philosophical position on these problems; and
- engage in productive, well-reasoned discussion of the course material.
- Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- First Essay (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Second Essay (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
- Final Examination (40) [LO 1,2,3]
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Workload130 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.
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