Value Theory

Subject PHIL40004 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour lseminar per week
Total Time Commitment: An average of 10 hours each week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in philosophy or to a postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in another area with coordinator approval.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in 3 year Bachelor of Arts Degree or Graduate Diploma.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Francois Schroeter


Dr Fran├žois Schroeter

Subject Overview:

This subject will involve an advanced study of problems and issues in contemporary value theory, normally concentrating on issues in ethics and metaethics. In some years, the course may instead focus on issues in contemporary aesthetics. On completion of the subject, students should be able to bring philosophical reflection to bear more widely on their lives.


Students who successfully complete this subject will

  • have become acquainted with some central themes and preoccupations of recent philosophical thought about ethics (or aesthetics).
  • be able to think critically about the assumptions and commitments inherent in the themes discussed.
  • be able to reflect better about the ethical (or aesthetic) aspects of human life.
Assessment: A 5000-word essay 100% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the bookshop at the start of semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will

  • be able to bring to bear the philosophical understanding developed in this subject on their other studies, inside and outside philosophy.
  • be able to express their ideas more clearly.
  • develop a sense of where the limits of philosophical argument lie.
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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Philosophy

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