phi4apa advanced topics philosophy a




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject gives students the opportunity to investigate an issue at the frontiers of research from one of the following areas: Metaphyscis, Epistemology, Ethics, Political Philosophy, European thought, Applied Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Analytic Philosophy, Analytic-Continental Divide, European Philosophers, Philosophical Methods. Students take part in seminar discussions on one of the topic areas and present their own research findings.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorToula Nicolacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in in AHA - Bachelor of Arts Honours, majoring in Philosophy. All other students require co-ordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Locate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas or arguments central to a philosophical problem in the field of knowledge/inquiry.

Make a plan of your essay, setting out the problem and issues you have identified, a statement of how you propose to develop your argument to solve the problem, including how you propose to incorporate the views of others or deal with counter arguments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

02. Present a philosophical problem, identify the field of knowledge/inquiry to which it belongs, develop and justify the steps you will follow in arguing the case for your own solution to the problem.

Conduct a literature search, prepare a review for presentation to the class and subsequent incorporation into your essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

03. Write a sustained defence of a philosophical claim based on your critical assessment of an issue at the frontiers of philosophical research and debate in the field of knowledge/inquiry under examination.

From the list provided choose one research topic that you consider to be important, outline what you consider to be the problem and consider possible approaches to its investigation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorToula Nicolacopoulos

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Essay 5600 words7001, 02, 03
Oral Presentation (equivalent to 2400 words)3001, 02, 03