Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Think of all the different beliefs you hold about various matters. How many of these, if any, constitute genuine knowledge rather than mere opinion? What does this distinction amount to and why is it important? To what extent do the standards for what counts as knowledge depend on context? Can you know something without knowing that you know it? What makes a belief justified or reasonable? Is it ever reasonable to hold a belief if you have no evidence to support it? What is the value of knowledge in our individual lives and in society? These are some of the central questions in epistemology-- the philosophical study of the nature, extent, and value, of knowledge and justified belief. In this course we will explore these and related questions using both historical and contemporary sources. Epistemological questions crop up absolutely everywhere--i n science, the humanities, politics, religion, and everyday life--and this course will give you the tools to tackle such questions wherever you find them.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYuri Cath

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesEssays, Oral presentation, Discussion seminar

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Research, critically analyse and synthesise unfamiliar ideas and lines of argument
02. Employ rigorous and systematic methods in the resolution of complex philosophical problems
03. Work collaboratively towards the formulation of a shared position in relation to the defensibility of a philosophical idea, claim or argument taking into account the relevant views of group members
04. Deliver a clear and effective oral exposition and discussion of a key philosophical issue, supported by appropriately designed visual aids
05. Write articulate, focused and well-structured essays in support of a philosophical claim

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYuri Cath

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Essay 1 1500 words

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5

Essay 2 2000 words

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5

Oral presentation (600 word equivalent)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5