PHIL4140 Thesis 1

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Philosophy [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
There is no specific content for this unit. Each student designs their own research project in consultation with the discipline of Philosophy generally and their honours supervisor in particular. The unit aims to (1) train and assess students' abilities to contribute to the future development of their discipline through research that extends existing knowledge; (2) encourage and train students to undertake critical research; (3) provide students with a specialised, advanced and profound knowledge of a philosophical topic of their choice; (4) produce students who are more skilled, more confident, better informed and more capable of creating, rather than just absorbing, knowledge; and (5) provide students with research training at a level at least adequate for entry into the PhD and access to graduate-level development in the discipline.
Students are able to (1) strengthen generic intellectual skills such as analysing and critically assessing arguments, constructing and expressing their own arguments, and constructing and expressing explanations of phenomena; (2) develop a critical understanding of the core philosophical issues relevant to the chosen topic; (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 University.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a research proposal; (2) an oral presentation; (3) a literature review; and (4) a research thesis. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Miri Albahari
Unit rules
sufficient units to complete a bachelor's degree with a major in Philosophy
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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