UWA Handbook 2017

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FURTHER INFORMATION

Jordan Lockhart

Studying Philosophy has helped me develop critical thinking skills necessary for success at university, and in a diverse range of careers. It's also exposed me to some of life's biggest questions, and tackling these philosophical problems has given me the confidence to engage in deeper analysis of my own opinions and those of others.

Philosophy major

The study of Philosophy involves thinking about some of the big questions we ask during our lifetime: Does God exist? Do the sciences tell us the truth about the world? How can we say what we mean? Are other people's experiences like our own? What does it mean to be conscious? What are emotions and how are they relevant to our lives? Philosophy teaches you to distinguish between good and bad arguments and make informed recommendations on contentious issues. Studying Philosophy allows you to explore a vast range of influential ideas, from the ancient philosophers, whose works are preserved in manuscripts from India, China and Greece, right down to cutting-edge contemporary work on pressing ethical issues, the nature of mind and artificial intelligence. UWA is the only university in Western Australia that teaches units in formal logic.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) analyse and evaluate arguments; (2) distinguish between good arguments and bad arguments, irrespective of their subject matter, and thus make informed decisions and recommendations on contentious issues; (3) demonstrate clarity of thought; (4) separate distinct issues, consider them independently and think out the consequences of positions on them; (5) demonstrate the general skills for thinking about problems and tasks, and framing and evaluating solutions; (6) frame, express and convey ideas, their own and other people's, in a clear and convincing way; and (7) appreciate the value of different perspectives on life, society and knowledge.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

Philosophy can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Philosophy is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 PHIL1001 Justice and Contemporary Ethics Incompatibility: PHIL1107 Ethics, Free Will and Meaning
S1 PHIL1002 Introduction to Critical Thinking Incompatibility: PHIL1105 Introduction to Critical Thinking
S2 PHIL1003 God, Mind and Knowledge Incompatibility: PHIL1125 God, Mind and Knowledge

Level 2

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 PHIL2001 Bioethics Prerequisites: any Level 1 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2201 Social Ethics: Life and Death
S2, SS PHIL2002 Logic: How to Defeat Your Foes with Reasoning Prerequisites: 24 points of Level 1 units
Incompatibility: PHIL2205 Introduction to Logic
N/A PHIL2003 Philosophy of Religion Prerequisites: any Level 1 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2211 Philosophy of Religion
S1 PHIL2004 Philosophy of Mind Prerequisites: any Level 1 Philosophy unit or PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
Incompatibility: PHIL2265 Philosophy of Mind
S1 PHIL2005 Exploring the Nature of Science Prerequisites: 24 points of Level 1 units
Incompatibility: PHIL2270 Philosophy of Science
N/A PHIL2006 Problems in Philosophical Psychology Prerequisites: any Level 1 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2290 Problems in Philosophical Psychology

Level 3

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 PHIL3001 Metaphysics: a User's Guide to Time Travel Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
N/A PHIL3002 Aesthetics Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2208 Aesthetics; PHIL2207 Philosophy, Literature and Film
S1 PHIL3003 Moral Theory Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL 2209 Moral Theory
S2 PHIL3004 Meaning, Truth and Language Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2212 Meaning, Truth and Language
N/A PHIL3005 Continental Philosophy Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2225 Continental Philosophy
N/A PHIL3006 Philosophy East and West Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2231 Philosophy East and West
S1 PHIL3007 Advanced Logic Prerequisites: PHIL2002 Logic: How to Defeat Your Foes with Reasoning

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Philosophy degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-PHILY (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Philosophy degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-PHILY-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Philosophy can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

Philosophy can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Philosophy second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 PHIL1001 Justice and Contemporary Ethics Incompatibility: PHIL1107 Ethics, Free Will and Meaning
S1 PHIL1002 Introduction to Critical Thinking Incompatibility: PHIL1105 Introduction to Critical Thinking
S2 PHIL1003 God, Mind and Knowledge Incompatibility: PHIL1125 God, Mind and Knowledge

Level 2

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 PHIL2001 Bioethics Prerequisites: any Level 1 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2201 Social Ethics: Life and Death
S2, SS PHIL2002 Logic: How to Defeat Your Foes with Reasoning Prerequisites: 24 points of Level 1 units
Incompatibility: PHIL2205 Introduction to Logic
N/A PHIL2003 Philosophy of Religion Prerequisites: any Level 1 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2211 Philosophy of Religion
S1 PHIL2004 Philosophy of Mind Prerequisites: any Level 1 Philosophy unit or PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
Incompatibility: PHIL2265 Philosophy of Mind
S1 PHIL2005 Exploring the Nature of Science Prerequisites: 24 points of Level 1 units
Incompatibility: PHIL2270 Philosophy of Science
N/A PHIL2006 Problems in Philosophical Psychology Prerequisites: any Level 1 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2290 Problems in Philosophical Psychology

Level 3

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 PHIL3001 Metaphysics: a User's Guide to Time Travel Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
N/A PHIL3002 Aesthetics Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2208 Aesthetics; PHIL2207 Philosophy, Literature and Film
S1 PHIL3003 Moral Theory Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL 2209 Moral Theory
S2 PHIL3004 Meaning, Truth and Language Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2212 Meaning, Truth and Language
N/A PHIL3005 Continental Philosophy Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2225 Continental Philosophy
N/A PHIL3006 Philosophy East and West Prerequisites: any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility: PHIL2231 Philosophy East and West
S1 PHIL3007 Advanced Logic Prerequisites: PHIL2002 Logic: How to Defeat Your Foes with Reasoning

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Philosophy can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-PHILY (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Philosophy can also be taken as a degree-specific major.