PHIL 4013 - Honours Theoretical Philosophy

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course provides an advanced approach to a selected topic of current research significance in theoretical philosophy. Theoretical philosophy is broadly construed to include metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind and cognition, philosophy of logic and language, philosophy of special sciences, and their history. Annually, different staff members with expertise in various fields of philosophical inquiry will lead small groups of students through carefully devised curricula on a selected topic. Through the seminars and the written assessment students will acquire a sound understanding of the selected topic and the central points of controversy, and will be supported in constructing rigorous arguments to support one or more key philosophical claims concerning the topic.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHIL 4013
    Course Honours Theoretical Philosophy
    Coordinating Unit Philosophy
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completed 72 unit undergraduate degree with a Major or Minor in Philosophy and a 70 average across PHIL subjects
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to Honours in Philosophy
    Course Description This course provides an advanced approach to a selected topic of current research significance in theoretical philosophy. Theoretical philosophy is broadly construed to include metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind and cognition, philosophy of logic and language, philosophy of special sciences, and their history. Annually, different staff members with expertise in various fields of philosophical inquiry will lead small groups of students through carefully devised curricula on a selected topic. Through the seminars and the written assessment students will acquire a sound understanding of the selected topic and the central points of controversy, and will be supported in constructing rigorous arguments to support one or more key philosophical claims concerning the topic.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Philip Gerrans

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a detailed and high-level understanding of a particular topic in theoretical philosophy.
    2. Identify, analyse, and evaluate relevant philosophical texts to construct arguments and produce, with support, independent philosophical research.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of a range of contemporary technologies to conduct research, communicate results and communicate with others.
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    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.

    1,2,4

    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.

    2,3,4

    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.

    3,5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3,4,5

    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.

    4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The selected course topic for 2021 is to be confirmed in summer 2021.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

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    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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