Shorter Thesis - Philosophy

Subject PHIL70005 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 0
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with thesis supervisor through period of enrolment
Total Time Commitment:

33 hours each week


enrolment in a relevant Master of Arts research degree.


students will normally enrol in PHIL90007 and PHIL90024 in their first semester of this subject.

Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Dana Goswick


Dr Laura Schroeter


Subject Overview:

A minor thesis based on original research, on a topic to be approved by the course coordinator. Upon submission the thesis will be marked by two external markers.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this project will have

  • have gained experience in the production of a sustained piece of philosophical writing;
  • made a contribution towards the solution of the selected question;
  • completed a minor thesis based on original research and revealing an awareness of current theoretical directions in their chosen field.
  • A thesis of 20,000-22,000 words to be submitted at the end of the period of candidature (100%)
Prescribed Texts:

Appropriate texts will be determined in consultation with the thesis supervisor.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this project will:

  • improve research skills.
  • refine skills in assessing the strength of arguments, identifying theoretical assumptions, and assessing conflicting arguments.
  • acquire the ability to develop and defend one's own position with respect to complex theoretical issues through sustained argument.
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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: MA (AS&&ST) Applied Philosophy
MA (AS&&ST) Philosophy

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