Courses & Units

Applied Philosophy HPH205


Sometimes philosophy can seem overly theoretical, and irrelevant to the concerns of non-philosophers. In recent decades, however, philosophy has undergone an "applied turn". Applied philosophers address the practical questions about individual conduct and public policy raised by contemporary social and technological developments. Not only can philosophical theory change the way we think about these issues, these issues can change the way we think about philosophical theory. This unit will explore some of the ways in which philosophy should matter to everyone at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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 Applied Philosophy
Unit code HPH205
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr Graham Wood

Teaching staff

Dr Graham Wood

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


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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:

HPA277, HPA377


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:   2 x 1 hr lectures weekly, 1x 1hr tutorial fortnightly

Off  Campus:  2 hrs lectures weekly, online tutorials (via MyLo)


2500 words assessment involving a shorter written task earlier, and a longer essay later, in semester (60%), take home exam submitted by MyLo  (40%)

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