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  • Objectives
    * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values. * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts. * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force. * Communicate effectively. * Commit to continuous learning. * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Arts (Philosophy)
  • Course description
    Specialisation Requirements:

        * 50 points elective subjects with no more than 12.5 points at first-year level

    First year subjects
    Second/third-year subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    161-008  Ethical Theory     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-010  Epistemology
    This subject deals with two major topics in the theory of knowledge. We will consider such central epistemological questions as these. What is knowledge? Do we have knowledge? How do we know? What is the structure of knowledge? These questions will b...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-011  Philosophy of Language     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-012  Political Thought     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-013  Political Philosophy
    This subject focuses on recent developments in political philosophy. Specific topics to be discussed may include: distributive justice; patriotism and preference for co-national; international justice; humanitarian intervention; liberalism; democrati...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-017  Does God Exist?     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-018  Aesthetics
    This subject will be concerned with the nature of art and its value for the individual and society. Particular attention will be paid to the critical discussion of representation in art which began with Plato in the 4th Century BC, recurs in the 19th...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-019  Greek Philosophy     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-020  Phenomenology
    This subject is a study of some classic texts and major themes in the 20th century philosophical traditions of phenomenology and existentialism. Themes to be discussed will include consciousness and perception, being-in-the-world, embodiment, truth a...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-021  From Hermeneutics to Derrida
    This subject studies the theories of meaning and interpretation developed in contemporary European thought. It examines questions such as: What is it to interpret a text? How does an interpretation differ from a deconstruction? Is the meaning of a te...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-024  Biomedical Ethics
    The development and increasing prestige of modern medicine continues to generate ethical controversy. This subject will provide a way of making sense of these controversies: it will consider the nature of health, illness and disease, and discuss a nu...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-030  The Rise of Modern Philosophy     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-035  Philosophy of Buddhism     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-212  Logic for Philosophers     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-215  Philosophy of Mind     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-217  Kant's Metaphysics of Experience     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-236  Nietzsche and Hegel     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-237  Analytic Philosophy
    This subject is a study of the philosophical tradition known as Analytic Philosophy. We will focus on the rise of Analytic Philosophy, some central texts by key figures in the tradition (such as Bertrand Russell, GE Moore, Rudolf Carnap, WVO Quine, J...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-238  Indian Philosophy     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-240  Chinese Philosophy
    This course on Chinese Philosophy focuses on the major philosophical schools of Classical China, including Confucianism, Mohism, and Daoism. Works produced in this period (12th century BCE; 221 BCE; Confucius born 551 BCE) exerted a profound influenc...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-241  Logic Completeness and Incompleteness
    This subject deals with selected topics in logic beyond what is covered in a first logic subject, such as the completeness and undecidability of first-order logic and alternative deductive systems. The course finishes with an elaboration of Godel&apo...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-247  Metaphysics     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-310  What is Philosophy?
    This subject examines the nature of philosophy itself. Students will read what many great philosophers have said about the methods, aims, and ambitions of philosophy. And they will examine how these views have been applied in thinking about metaphysi...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-033  Science, Reason and Reality
    This subject addresses some of the central issues in the philosophy of science. It will raise questions such as: What is the difference between science and non-science? Is there a universal scientific method? Or do the methods employed by scientists ...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-007  Great Thinkers in Moral Philosophy
    This subject critically studies three classics of moral philosophy: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Immanuel Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, and John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism. These works represent very different app...     Semester 1     12.50

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