Major Thesis - Philosophy

Subject PHIL90002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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: 40 hours each week.
Prerequisites: Entry into the Master of Arts in Philosophy - 102NB
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in successfully completing a four 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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Assoc Prof Greg Restall


Associate Professor Greg Restall

Subject Overview:

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


Students who successfully 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: 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: Students who successfully complete this project will:
  • 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 (Thesis)

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