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The Philosophy of Human Nature

Undergraduate | MAQ-PHIX1031 | 2024

Previously MAQ-PHIX131

Open your mind to philosophical arguments about identity, human nature and the meaning of life. Pry into what makes individual human beings unique. Position the concept of free will against determinism. Join in arguments by 20th century key thinkers. 

Study method
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024

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The Philosophy of Human Nature

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1.  identify key philosophical problems about human nature at an introductory level
    2.  explain important philosophical responses to problems about human nature at an introductory level
    3.  critically and reflectively respond to the problems and theories introduced in the subject.
    4. express and defend your own views with increased clarity
    5.  contribute to the learning of the group by engaging constructively in philosophical discussion and activities

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-PHIX131 (Not currently available)


If you have no prior university experience, you should complete BAR100 Academic Learning Skills or COM10006 Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before starting this subject.
NCCW (pre-2020 units)
PHI130, PHL131, PHIL131, PHIX131
NCCW (2020 and onwards)
PHIL1031 The Philosophy of Human

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Arts

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