• 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
    • Prof Daniel Stoljar
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
    Second Semester 2025
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Each student will meet with a Readings Director who will work with the student to identify areas, related to their proposed thesis, in which they most stand in need of research training, and will develop for them a program of directed reading to address these needs. The student will be in regular contact by way of face-to-face meetings and e-mail with a Readings Director to discuss issues which emerge from this work, and to be set additional reading. Assessment undertaken for this course may be made use of (recycled) in the thesis.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a deeper understanding of one or more methodological issues or areas of disciplinary knowledge relevant to the thesis, and
  2. communicate that understanding persuasively in writing.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1,000 word outline or draft of paper (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. 4,000 word paper (90) [LO 1,2]
  3. An examiner (other than the Readings Director overseeing the paper or the Thesis Supervisor) will be appointed; he or she will be responsible for marking both pieces of work, and for providing written feedback and a rationale for the mark. The Readings Director will provide written feedback, and a qualitative assessment of the work. The mark itself will be awarded by the School of Philosophy Honours 4 Committee, who may play a role in the moderation of the mark, or may if they so decide appoint another examiner. (null) [LO null]

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130 hours, consisting of 12 hours of face-to-face meetings and e-mail correspondence with a Readings Director; attendance at School of Philosophy general seminars and, with the agreement of a Readings Director, other events; the balance of the 130 hours in private study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics Honours (HPPE) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or completion of at least 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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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
2584 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7389 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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