Major Thesis - Philosophy

Subject 161-501 (2009)

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Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at .
Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: A four year BA(Hons) degree with a research component or equivalent in the appropriate area of study, or closely related area, with an honours result at least equivalent to an H2B (70%) at the University of Melbourne.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Douglas Allen Adeney


Assoc Prof Greg Restall

Subject Overview: A major thesis based on original research, on a topic to be approved by the course coordinator.
Students who sucessfully complete this project will
  • have undertaken advanced study in a specialized branch of philosophy as determined by the student;
  • have acquired research skills and an understanding of the methods required for advanced research in philosophy;
  • have completed a major thesis, based on original research and revealing an awareness of current theoretical directions in their chosen field.
Assessment: A thesis of 30,000 words 100%.
Prescribed Texts:
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • improve research skills;
  • refine skills in assessing the strength of arguments, identifying theoretical assumptions, and assessing conflicting arguments;
  • acquire the ability to develop and defend one's own position with respect to complex theoretical issues through sustained argument.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Philosophy (Thesis)

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