Literature Review

Subject PHIL90007 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor throughout period of enrollment.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the relevant Master of Arts degree

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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:


Dr Dana Goswick


Dana Goswick

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.

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

Hurdle Requirement: 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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Applied Philosophy

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