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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should: * acquire knowledge of the background necessary to proceed to research work in philosophy; * develop skills necessary to proceed to original work in the subject;; * acquire the formal qualifications necessary to proceed to Masters level work in philosophy.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)
  • Course description
        * Thesis of 10,000 words (25 points)
        * six elective subjects (75 points)

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    161-504  Philosophy Thesis
    A supervised thesis on a topic to be approved by the Head of School or the School's honours coordinator. Students will be required to attend weekly seminars and present a class paper based on their thesis topic.     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    161-433  Value Theory
    This subject will involve an advanced study of problems and issues in contemporary value theory, normally concentrating on issues in ethics and metaethics. In some years, the course may instead focus on issues in contemporary aesthetics. On completio...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-434  Metaphysics and Epistemology
    This unit covers selected issues in contemporary epistemology and metaphysics. We will focus on a particular philosophical issue (for example, a topic in fundamental ontology, or in the philosophy of knowledge, in theories of meaning, or in philosoph...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-435  Topics in Continental Philosophy     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-436  Philosophy of Language and Mind
    This subject examines contemporary developments in philosophy of mind and language in the analytic tradition. Topics addressed may include: (1) mental representation, (2) the nature of linguistic communication, (3) sense vs. reference, (4) the nature...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-431  Recent European Philosophy
    This subject involves a study of one or more key texts and themes in 20th century European philosophy. Students completing the subject should have achieved a critical understanding of the texts and themes discussed and be able to relate them to conte...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-432  Topics in Moral Psychology
    The subject examines recent philosophical developments in the study of the psychology of moral agents. Topics to be covered may include: (1) the nature of rationality; (2) the nature of autonomy; (3) recent feminist contributions to moral psychology;...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-438  Logic and Philosophy     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-439  Rationality     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-443  Political Philosophy
    The subject will examine topics in political philosophy. These may change from year-to-year, but might include issues concerning the state, war, social justice etc.     Semester 2     12.50

    161-445  Topics in Philosophy     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-447  Topics in Advanced Logic
    This subject involves advanced topics in formal logic, the particular topic in any year to be chosen by the coordinators after consultation with the candidate/s. On completion of the subject, students should have gained an understanding of the philos...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-536  Scientific Realism and Anti-Realism
    This subject examines the contemporary debate between realism and anti-realism in the philosophy of science. The scientific realist argues that science is to be understood as the attempt to discover the truth about the objective world. Anti-realists ...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-437  Topics in Applied Ethics     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

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