Shorter Thesis - Philosophy

Subject PHIL90003 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor throughout the period of enrolment.
Total Time Commitment:

30 hours each week





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Karen Jones


Dr Karen Jones

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.

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.
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