PHIL 3033 - Key Texts in Philosophy
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PHIL 3033 Course Key Texts in Philosophy Coordinating Unit Philosophy Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites At least 15 units of Philosophy Major courses Restrictions Available to students undertaking a Philosophy Major only Course Description This capstone course for the Philosophy major will focus on a close reading and analysis of influential texts in philosophy. It will act as a suitable culmination to a major in Philosophy, and a bridge into Honours/MPhil, with an emphasis on in-depth treatment of more narrowly focused topics and, in some cases, their historical genesis. The content is not fixed in advance, but will be determined from year to year by a combination of available expertise and the latest research in the field.
Course Coordinator: Dr Philip Gerrans
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a detailed and high-level understanding of the essential arguments and theoretical ideas of particular key text(s) in philosophy.
- Identify, analyse, and evaluate the central concepts of key philosophical text(s), to construct arguments engaging with those text(s), and to know how to situation those texts in their broader historical and theoretical contexts.
- Communicate effectively in a range of formats (but particularly through the production of extended written texts) and to demonstrate a thorough grasp of the scholarly conventions of the discipline of philosophy.
- Develop a critical, self-reflective approach to the study of philosophy, which acknowledges methodological issues in philosophical inquiry and is sensitive to the consequences and prevalence of philosophical disagreement.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of a range of contemporary technologies to conduct research, communicate results and communicate with others.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
- Kripke, Saul. (1980) Naming and Necessity. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Recommended ResourcesOther resources will be announced by the lecturer at the beginning of the course.
- All lectures will be pre-recorded and released through MyUni.
- One of the available tutorial groups, or workshops, will be online through Zoom.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is taught in lectures+workshop format:
- Lectures are pre-recorded and will be made available through MyUni.
- You will have the option of attending either a face-to-face workshop, or an on-line workshop through Zoom.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
This is a 6 unit course with a commensurate workload.
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS STRUCTURED LEARNING 3 hour seminar per week 36 hours per semester Sub-total 36 hours SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING 6 hours class reading per week 72 hours per semester 6 hours research reading per week 36 hours per semester 8 hours assignment prep per week 96 hours per semester Sub-total 240 hours TOTAL 276 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThis course aims to cover some of positions defended by Saul Kripke in the philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. We will be focusing on Kripke's book *Naming and Necessity*.
Specific Course RequirementsAt least 15 units of Philosophy Major courses
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
ASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S) Extended Essay 1 (2,000 words) Summative 20% 1,2,3,4,5 Extended Essay 2 (2,000 words) Summative 20% 1,2,3,4,5 Extended Essay 3 (2,500 words) Summative 30% 1,2,3,4,5 Extended Essay 4 (2,500 words) Summative 30% 1,2,3,4,5 Questions for discussion in tutorials Formative 1,2,4
Assessment Related Requirements
Submission of four essays is a course requirement. You are strongly urged to attend the course workshops, though attendance is not compulsory.
Assessment Description % weighting Extended Essays 1 & 2 These are 2,000 words essays. Students will choose from a number of set topics based on material from weeks 1-6 of the course. Topics will be released in MyUni two weeks before the due date. 40%
Extended Essays 3 & 4 These are 2,500 words essays. Students will choose from a number of set topics based on material from weeks 7-12 of the course. Topics will be released in MyUni two weeks before the due date. 60%
Weekly discussions of questions for workshops Students will discuss a passage from the set reading for that week in workshops.
Submissiona) Submitting your essays
All essays must be submitted electronically through MyUni. Please do not submit a hard copy of your essay. In this course, we will only accept electronic submission of essays through MyUni. Please remember that it is your responsibility to submit your essays correctly.
b) Overdue work
If your essay is submitted after the due date without an extension, then your work will be considered late/overdue. Please note the following regarding late/overdue work:
(i) Late essays will be penalized at the rate of 2 marks of the percentage mark achieved for that
assessment component for each day that the work is overdue.
(ii) Essays submitted more than 7 days late without an extension will not be marked.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
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