Courses & Units

Key Issues in Philosophy HPH301


This unit is built around a close examination of key philosophical texts. Students will acquire a specialist understanding of debates and positions within a select field of philosophy, and will identify and engage with philosophical issues in detail. The unit prepares students for further study in philosophy at honours level.


Unit name Key Issues in Philosophy
Unit code HPH301
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Richard Corry
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a specialist understanding of contemporary debates and positions within particular fields of philosophy across different philosophical traditions appropriate for advanced-level study of philosophy, leading to honours and postgraduate study.
  • Engage with contemporary issues in relation to philosophy and from a range of philosophical traditions, synthesising perspectives to arrive at reflectively formed judgements.
  • Apply disciplinary skills of argument analysis and construction and clear communication with flexibility and creativity to identify and solve problems with intellectual independence.
  • Demonstrate the development of an ethical comportment to the world in engaging with issues in relation to philosophy.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091701 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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25 credit points at Introductory level or higher


Teaching Pattern

On campus

Online lecture (.5 hours)

Weekly seminars (1.5 hours)

Weekly tutorial (1 hour)

Off campus

Weekly lecture (.5 hours)

Weekly online discussion (equivalent of 1 hour)

Weekly online peer activities (equivalent of 1.5 hours)


AssessmentArticle Summary (15%)|Tutorial Presentation (20%)|Tutorial participation (20%)|Position Paper (45%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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