UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Philosophy

Honours in Philosophy will develop high-level research skills and an ability to analyse and construct arguments, deepen your knowledge of the history of philosophy, as well as broaden and integrate your understanding of the sub-fields of philosophy. The honours seminars are designed to build on the understanding and knowledge of topics and historical figures that you encountered in your undergraduate study. You will also become familiar with cutting-edge, contemporary work in philosophy, which you have only a limited opportunity to explore at undergraduate level.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) strengthen generic intellectual skills such as analysing and critically assessing arguments, constructing and expressing their own arguments, constructing and expressing explanations of phenomena; (2) develop a critical understanding of the core issues in key areas of philosophy including metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, metaethics, social and political philosophy, analytic philosophy, and the history of philosophy; (3) develop public speaking and professional presentation skills; (4) develop critical writing skills; and (5) develop core research skills in preparation for research oriented postgraduate work and/or research oriented work outside of the academy.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Philosophy major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017

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

Take all units (24 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2PHIL4140Thesis 1Prerequisites: sufficient units to complete a bachelor's degree with a major in Philosophy
S1, S2PHIL4141Thesis 2Prerequisites: PHIL4140 Thesis 1
Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S2PHIL4101Advanced Ethical TheoryPrerequisites: sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation
N/APHIL4102Topics in Social and Political PhilosophyPrerequisites: sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation
S2PHIL4103ConsciousnessPrerequisites: sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation
S1PHIL4104Advanced MetaphysicsPrerequisites: sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation
N/APHIL4105Topics in the History of PhilosophyPrerequisites: sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation
S1PHIL4106Analytic PhilosophyPrerequisites: sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation