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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Monima Chadha


Previously coded PHL1070


The unit consists of two components, 'Reason and argument' and 'Moral issues'

  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. 'Moral issues' examines some major controversies concerning life and death issues. The content will be similar to that for the 'Life, Death and Morality' component of ATS1371. More information on first year philosophy is available at:http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/philosophy/ugrad/firstyear/


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.


Essay (1200 words): 20%
Five exercises (covering both parts of the course): 40%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour seminar) per week.
OCL mode: workshops optional



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