Philosophy Thesis

Subject PHIL40015 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Fortnightly meetings with the supervisor over two consecutive semesters of enrolment plus attendance at a 1.5-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

An average of 12 hours each week

Please note this thesis subject is currently being phased out and is only available to students who commenced their Honours/PD-Arts program prior to 2013. Students wishing to enrol in Honours/PD-Arts in Philosophy from 2013 will need to enrol in a 37.5 point thesis subject as per the course requirements for BH-Arts & PD-Arts.

Enrolment in this thesis subject must be over two consecutive semesters





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students enrolling in this subject must have completed a Bachelor of Arts.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request 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.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Subject Overview:

A supervised thesis on a topic to be approved by the School's honours coordinator. Students will be required to attend weekly seminars and present a class paper based on their thesis topic.


Students who successfully complete this project will have

  • have gained experience in the production of a sustained piece of philosophical writing.
  • have made a contribution towards the solution of the selected question.
  • develop skills necessary for postgraduate research.
  • become familiar with the literature relevant to the thesis topic.
  • develop the capacity to summarise and critically engage with the literature.

A thesis of 10,000 words 100% (due at the end of the second semester of enrolment).

Prescribed Texts:

Relevant texts will be selected in discussion with supervisor when project has been decided.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this project will:

  • develop skills necessary for postgraduate research.
  • develop the capacity to summarise and critically engage with the literature.
  • acquire the ability to relate to wider issues.
Links to further information:

This subject is only open to students who commenced honours or a postgraduate diploma in Philosophy prior to 2013, all other students should enrol in the 37.5 point thesis PHIL40019.

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