Shorter Thesis - Philosophy

Subject PHIL90003 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: regular contact with supervisor throughout enrolment
Total Time Commitment: 30 hours each 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: Student will normally enrol in the following subjects during their period of enrolment in 161-502
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in successfully completing a fours year honours degree or equivalent with thesis component
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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Associate Professor Greg Restall

Subject Overview:

A minor thesis based on original research, on a topic to be approved by the course coordinator.


Students who successfully complete this project will have

  • have gained experience in the production of a sustained piece of philosophical writing.
  • made a contribution towards the solution of the selected question.
  • completed a minor thesis based on original research and revealing an awareness of current theoretical directions in their chosen field.
Assessment: A thesis of 20,000-22,000 words 100%.
Prescribed Texts: Appropriate texts will be determined in consultation with the thesis supervisor.
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.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Philosophy (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)

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