Philosophy: The Great Thinkers

Subject PHIL10003 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 1-hour lectures each week and 1x 1-hour tutorial for 11 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

An average of 8.5 hours each week.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Christopher Cordner


Associate Professor Christopher Cordner

Subject Overview:

This subject introduces some of the central themes of Western philosophy through several classic texts, including some or all of the following: Plato and Descartes on the nature of the mind, Hume and Kant on reason and morality, and Machiavelli and Marx on the state.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject will

  • acquire knowledge and understanding of the texts studied.
  • appreciate what these texts have to show us about what it means to be a human being.
  • be able to present accurate and well-expressed exposition of important issues and views arising in them.
  • be able to present informed and fair-minded philosophical evaluation of them.

Two short papers, 2x500 words 12.5% each; (the first assessment piece due in week 4), a 1000 word assignment 25% (due during the semester), and a take-home examination 50% (due during the end of semester examination period).

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% tutorial attendance. Regular participation in tutorials is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available on line or in hard-copy at the Coop bookshop at the beginning of semester

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will

  • be able to recognise philosophically important similarities and differences between views and issues arising in different texts and contexts.
  • be able to apply the analytical skills developed in this subject to other philosophical and non-philosophical studies.
  • be able to apply the critical skills developed in this subject to other philosophical and non-philosophical studies.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Philosophy
Philosophy Major

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