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Undergraduate - Area of study

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Arts
School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton, South Africa

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Also available via off-campus learning, although some later-year units may only be available in on-campus mode. The sequence of units and units available differ between campuses, refer to the individual campus entries below.

Description

Philosophy is the study of fundamental ideas about the world we live in. It questions the nature of our world, asks what would constitute a good life in such a world, and asks what could be done to make it better.

The following are some other areas of study that are central to philosophy:

  • Metaphysics is the study of what sorts of things exist in the world, and how they are related: for instance, whether there is a mind or soul and if so, how it is related to the body.
  • Epistemology is the study of what constitutes knowledge of the world, and of what methods can be used to obtain it.
  • Ethics and aesthetics investigate what it is to make value judgements, and how such judgements can be justified .
  • Political philosophy attempts to discover the principles that underlie the structure of a just society.
  • Philosophy of language investigates the notions of meaning, truth and linguistic understanding.
  • Philosophy of mind studies the relationship between consciousness and physical reality.
  • Logic is the theory of reasoning. Logicians study what makes for a good argument or inference, and try to identify underlying structural features of argumentation.

Because the focus of philosophical concerns varies enormously, the school provides a wide range of options for study while at the same time attempting to ensure that students have some acquaintance with the central problems and traditions in philosophy.

Philosophy provides skills in reasoning and argument that are applicable in a wide variety of professions, as well as the opportunity to engage in a reflective appraisal of our place in the universe.

Outcomes: Clayton and Caulfield

Upon successful completion of the major, students will:

  • be able to read more advanced logical notation (set theoretic symbols, modal operators)
  • be able to accurately summarise and succinctly evaluate articles written for professional philosophy journals in an in-class presentation
  • have acquired yet more sophisticated bibliographic skills which allow them to identify additional relevant contributions to a specific philosophical problem. These may include the use of PhilPapers or Philosopher's Index
  • within parameters that provide some initial guidance, be able to frame a more specific research question and address that question effectively in a longer essay
  • have a broad acquaintance with at least three areas within philosophy by virtue of having undertaken one or more of the units that fall within three of the four following areas: Value Theory (including moral and political philosophy); Logic and Philosophy of Language; History of Philosophy; Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • have a highly developed understanding of the norms of philosophical writing. This includes drawing attention to parallels in other philosophical debates and awareness of the possibility that some debates may make sense only within a specific historical context
  • have a highly developed understanding of the norms of philosophical discussion. This may include the collaborative development of analogies and the exploration of the limits of those analogies

Studying philosophy in off-campus mode (Australian campus students)

Sufficient philosophy units are offered in off-campus mode to complete a major. All of these units can be taken in any semester and are flexibly scheduled so that class commitments are kept to a minimum. Off-campus mode units are also available in summer. These units use materials prepared specifically for off-campus students, but there is also a tutorial support service operating by telephone, fax and email. These basic resources are usually supplemented by workshops. Attendance at these workshops is optional. The intention is that the off-campus program should make philosophy units available to students whose work or other commitments make it difficult for them to attend regular classes on-campus.

Units

Clayton and Caulfield

Minor in philosophy

Students completing a minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in philosophy must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • ATS1371 Life, death and morality (Introduction to philosophy A)
  • ATS1835 Time, self and mind (Introduction to philosophy B)

(b.) additional elective units from List A only (12 points)

Note: Students can take the second-year cornerstone unit from the major as an elective.

Major in philosophy

Students completing a majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in philosophy must complete eight units (48 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • ATS1371 Life, death and morality (Introduction to philosophy A)
  • ATS1835 Time, self and mind (Introduction to philosophy B)

(b.) one second-year cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points):

(c.) one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points):

(d.) additional elective units from List A and List B (24 points). No more than two units (12 points) can be completed from List B.

Extended major in philosophy

Students completing an extended major in philosophy (60 points), must complete an additional 12 points of third-year level elective units from List A only.

Elective units

List A
  • ATS2405 Critical theory and poststructuralism: Recent European philosophy
  • ATS2837 Plato and Platonism
  • ATS2840/ATS3881 Philosophy of mind
  • ATS2860/ATS3860 After the death of God: Continental philosophy of religion from Nietzsche to today
  • ATS2861 God, freedom and evil
  • ATS2863 Descartes - Foundations of modern European philosophy
  • ATS2865 Language, truth and power
  • ATS2866 Symbolic logic
  • ATS2867 Thinking about science
  • ATS2868 Issues in political theory
  • ATS2869/ATS3869 Political philosophy
  • ATS2871 Environmental ethics
  • ATS2872/ATS3872 Topics in Indian philosophy
  • ATS2875 The moral psychology of evil
  • ATS2946 Critical thinking: How to analyse arguments and improve your reasoning skills
  • ATS3419 Art and philosophy: The function of sensible form in the arts
  • ATS3870 Philosophy of religion
  • ATS3873 Philosophical issues in applied ethics
  • ATS3874 Aristotle and Aristotelianism
  • ATS3876 Theory of knowledge
  • ATS3877 Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir
  • ATS3878 Recent logic
  • ATS3879 Philosophy of language
  • ATS3883 Issues in logical theory
  • ATS3884 Space, time and deity: Themes from Hume and Leibniz
  • ATS3885 Stoic and Epicurean philosophy
  • ATS3905 Democratic theory
List B
  • ATS2637 The human body and the international marketplace
  • ATS2640/ATS3640 The ethics of global conflict
  • ATS2692 Progress and despair: Modern political ideologies and theories
  • ATS3270 Islamic philosophy: From Medieval to Modern times
  • ATS3639 Poverty, ecology and international justice
  • ATS3690 Reflections on humanity
  • ATS3862 Thinking about religion

South Africa

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in philosophy must complete two units (12 points) from the following:

  • AZA1264 Ethics and biotechnology
  • AZA1371 Introduction to philosophy: Moral dilemmas and philosophy

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in philosophy must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) including all four core units, from the units listed below. A minimum of three units must be completed at third-year level

Core units:

Additional units:

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4086 Bachelor of Social Science

Double degrees

  • 4640 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4644 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4426 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Business
  • 4425 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 4069 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Science
  • 4648 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts