Literature Review

Subject PHIL90007 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor throughout period of enrollment.
Total Time Commitment:

An average of 10 hours each week.


Admission to the Master of Arts Degree 102NC or 102CP.


Normally students will enrol in the Shorter thesis - PHIL90003 concurrently with PHIL90007.

Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge gained in a Bachelor of Arts with Honours or equivalent.

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:

This subject is intended as part of a student's preparation for writing their thesis, by ensuring that they have a proper knowledge of the contemporary literature in that area. The student will undertake a reading programme guided by their supervisor. The readings will be discussed with the supervisor or other appropriate people, either individually or in seminars.


Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • acquire a familiarity with the contemporary research literature relating to their thesis topic.
  • demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate this literature.
  • acquire a critical understanding of important issues relating to their thesis.
  • refine the critical skills necessary to undertake original research.

Written work totalling 5000 words 100%. The written work may take the form of either a single end of semester paper of 5000 words, or up to three critical notices 1700 words each. The form of ASSESS will be adapted to suit the particular project and will be agreed upon in writing within 2 weeks of the start of the semester.

Prescribed Texts:

To be determined on a case by case basis in the light of the student's research topic.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • refine the critical skills necessary to undertake original research. including skills in assessing the strength of arguments, identifying theoretical assumptions, and assessing conflicting arguments.
  • improve the ability to develop and defend one's own position with respect to complex theoretical questions.
  • learn to present complex ideas clearly.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Philosophy (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Master of Arts in Philosophy(Adv Seminars and Shorter Thesis)(CAPPE)

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