PHIL 3033 - Key Texts in Philosophy
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
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 Jonathan Opie
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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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3,5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3,4,5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
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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 Summary
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- 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 Summative 50% 1,2,3,4,5 Essay topic development plan Formative 10% 1,2,3,4,5 Weekly textual analyses Formative and Summative 40% 1,2,4
Assessment Description % weighting Extended Essay An essay of 4000–6000 words on a topic of the student’s choice relevant to the topic of the course, due after the end of classes. 50% Essay topic development plan A plan, detailing the students proposed topic for their extended essay and how they propose to approach the key texts through it. Due in the second-last week of class; about 800–1200 words. 10% Weekly textual analyses Students must produce a weekly textual analysis of a passage from the set reading for that week of about 200–300 words. 40%
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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
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