Philosophy Capstone - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Text analyses (30%) , Essay (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as PHIX344 Philosophy Capstone.

This unit provides students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge acquired in their study of philosophy, to reflect on the development of their skills, and to focus on how their study of philosophy equips them for the next step in their careers. We review the Philosophy graduate attributes: the knowledge, skills, methods and values developed in the course of the philosophy degree. With a focus on what these skills and values mean in practice, we examine a range of texts that both illustrate the diversity of philosophical approaches and represent the 'state of the art' in the field. By applying critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative skills to these texts, as well as philosophical values of intellectual humility and openness to the force of the better argument, students will learn what it is like to engage in live philosophical debate. We also look at the values cultivated through the study of philosophy and we consider how the skills and values acquired through the degree can be taken forward into further study, work, and applied in other areas of life.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. identification of the distinctive attributes acquired and developed in the course of the philosophy degree
  2. understanding of the diversity of philosophical approaches and traditions as exemplified in the different approaches and methods for doing and writing philosophy
  3. enhanced reasoning and critical thinking skills
  4. enhanced imaginative, creative and reflective abilities
  5. enhanced ability to demonstrate precision of thought and expression in the analysis and formulation of complex and controversial problems
  6. applied understanding of the philosophical values of intellectual openness, humility, and honesty in recognising the force of conclusions reached by a careful assessment of arguments.
  • Analysis Task — Text analyses (30%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Portfolio — Portfolio blog (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PHIX344 — Philosophy Capstone

PHIX383 requires students to reflect on their previous studies in philosophy, and should therefore be taken towards the end of a Philosophy major

This unit addresses the following topics.

1INTRODUCTION: What is a Capstone Unit?
2INTRODUCTION: The Analytical vs Continental Divide
3ETHICS AND APPLIED ETHICS STREAM: Methods in Moral Philosophy - the case of evil
4ETHICS AND APPLIED ETHICS STREAM: Ethics and Cognitive Science
5ETHICS AND APPLIED ETHICS STREAM: Methods in Political Philosophy - Ideal Theory
6SOCIAL, CONTINENTAL PHL STREAM: Classical German Philosophy and its Contemporary Significance
8SOCIAL, CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY STREAM: Analytical and Continental Aesthetics
9MIND, METAPHYSICS AND MEANING STREAM: Conceptual analysis and Philosophical Method
10MIND, METAPHYSICS AND MEANING STREAM: Science, Naturalism and Philosophy
12CONCLUSION: A Philosophical Education
13CONCLUSION: Philosophy and Careers

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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