• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Major code PHIL-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of reality and the human experience. It is the bedrock you reach when, in any other discipline, you keep asking: why? At the ANU, philosophy is also a method: approaching a question by breaking it down into its component parts, building up reasoned, logical arguments—and following them wherever they lead, however surprising.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. closely analyse and critique arguments in a wide variety of fields and contexts, which may include using formal logic;
  2. develop cogent arguments and presentations, including engaging with detailed criticism of their ideas;
  3. apply complex abstract ideas to real-world phenomena in a wide variety of fields and contexts;
  4. recognise implicit assumptions in social, political, scientific, moral, and cultural arguments, and relate them to contested ideas and real-world scenarios; and
  5. describe various philosophical traditions and their history.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units from the following lists, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level
A minimum of 6 units of courses at 3000 level

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6
PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking 6
PHIL1007 What is Humanity? 6
PHIL1008 Introduction to Ethics 6
POLS1008 PPE Integration 1 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2054 Chinese Philosophy: Creation and Development 6
PHIL2012 Buddhist Philosophy 6
PHIL2016 Philosophy of Language 6
PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice 6
PHIL2042 Philosophy of the Cosmos 6
PHIL2057 Philosophy of Science 6
PHIL2059 Love Death and Freedom (20th Century French Phenomenology) 6
PHIL2060 God and the Self 6
PHIL2061 Philosophy of Mind 6
PHIL2074 Modern Theories of Knowledge 6
PHIL2080 Logic 6
PHIL2082 Sex and Death: the Philosophy of Biology 6
PHIL2087 Nietzsche 6
PHIL2094 The Problem of Free Will 6
PHIL2100 Origins of Analytical Philosophy 6
PHIL2101 Democracy, Difference and Desire 6
PHIL2113 Global Justice 6
PHIL2116 PPE Integration 2 6
PHIL2121 Philosophical Logic 6
PHIL2122 Philosophy and Public Policy 6
PHIL2123 Philosophy and Science Fiction 6
PHIL2124 Philosophy of Cognitive Science 6
PHIL2125 Rationality and Social Cooperation 6
PHIL2126 Science in Society: Ethics, Public Policy and Scientific Practice 6
PHIL2127 The Philosophy of Time 6
PHIL2128 Philosophy of Physics 6
PHIL2289 Leviathan, Art and Law: Constituting the Body Politic 6
POLS2063 Contemporary Political Theory 6
POLS2102 Political Belief and Deceit 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ECON3056 PPE Integration 3: Classic Literature in PPE 6
PHIL3071 Advanced Continental Philosophy 6
PHIL3072 Advanced Analytic Philosophy 6
PHIL3073 Advanced Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy 6
PHIL3074 Advanced Philosophical Topics 6
PHIL3075 The Philosophy of Gender: Knowledge, Power, Bodies 6
PHIL3076 Philosophy of the Life Sciences 6
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