Reading and Writing Philosophy

Subject PHIL40020 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1x 2-hour seminar each week
Total Time Commitment:

approximately 8 hours each week


Entry into the Philosophy Honours program.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Students will together read closely, and work their way critically through, 3 or 4 short texts in philosophy, selected from a range of areas and periods of Philosophy. The subject aims to develop imaginative, analytical and critical capacity in both reading and responding, verbally and in writing, to philosophical texts, thereby also helping prepare students better for research work in the discipline.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject aims to:

  • Develop students’ capacity to engage imaginatively, critically and analytically with philosophical texts.
  • Help prepare students for postgraduate research work in Philosophy

One 2000 word written assignment, due mid semester (40%) and one 3000 word written assignment, due at the end of semester (60%).

Hurdle Requirements: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Regular participation in class is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Short philosophical texts to be selected from across different periods, and different areas, of philosophy.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Developing the capacity to read critically and analytically.
  • Developing the capacity to write clearly, analytically and imaginatively.
Links to further information:

This is a compulsory subject for all students enrolling in a Philosophy Honours degree or a Postgraduate Diploma with a specialisation in Philosophy from 2013.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Philosophy

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