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PHL1010 - Introduction to philosophy A

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Ros Furney


Caulfield First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2009 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester 2009 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2009 (Day)


The unit consists of two components, 'Reason and argument' and 'Life, Death, and Morality'

  1. 'Reason and argument' is concerned with the appraisal of reasons and arguments that may be used in defence of various beliefs and policies. Its objective is to develop skills in argument and critical reasoning.
  2. 'Life, Death, and Morality' examines some major controversies concerning life and death issues. More information on first year philosophy is available at:


On completing this subject students will have an understanding of some central issues in applied ethics and of the role philosophy can play in clarifying the discussion of them. They will have acquired some understanding of the nature and methods of philosophical inquiry, and an enhanced capacity for critical reasoning and rigorous thought.


Written exercises: 60%
Exam: 40%

Contact hours

3 hours (one 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial) per week



Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

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