Courses & Units

Continental Philosophy HPH309

Hobart, Launceston


Continental philosophy encompasses a wide range of philosophical schools, including Existentialism, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Deconstruction, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Thought, all of which have shaped our understanding of the human condition, not only in philosophy proper, but also in art, literature, architecture, film, theology, politics and across the social sciences. Central themes in this unit are: the role of subjectivity in an increasingly scientific, technological world; the loss of binding values and the emergence of nihilism; the pathologies of scientism; the inescapable finitude and historicity of human life; the contingency of interpretive frameworks; the critique of power-structures in bureaucratic-capitalist and totalitarian societies; the search for a sustainable dwelling on earth; and the ethical commitments we owe to the other. The unit offers a broad overview of the development of Continental Philosophy; it also includes in-depth readings of select, seminal texts and essays that encapsulate the power of Continental Philosophy as an ongoing live issue. Since Continental Philosophy is a continuation of and reaction to Modern Philosophy, it is recommended that it is taken after Foundations of Modern Philosophy (HPH202).

The exact content of this unit will rotate from year to year. For more specific information about the content of this unit in any given year, see the Teaching Plan available at the Philosophy homepage.


Unit name Continental Philosophy
Unit code HPH309
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts and Law
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Teaching staff

Dr I. Farin

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,561.00 091701

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HPA225, HPA325, HPA250, HPA350, HPA251, HPA351


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:2 hrs lectures weekly, 1-hr tutorial fortnightly (13 weeks)


3,500 words internal assessment (60%), take home exam submitted by MyLo (40%)

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