Literature Review

Subject PHIL90007 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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 a relevant Master of Arts research 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 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:

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, concurrently with 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, due at the end of semester (100%)

Note: 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 assessment 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(Adv Seminars and Shorter Thesis)(CAPPE)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: MA (AS&&ST) Applied Philosophy
MA (AS&&ST) Philosophy

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