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Hobart, Launceston


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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Key Issues in Philosophy
Unit code HPH301
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. 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.
  2. Engage with contemporary issues in relation to philosophy and from a range of philosophical traditions, synthesising perspectives to arrive at reflectively formed judgements.
  3. Apply disciplinary skills of argument analysis and construction and clear communication with flexibility and creativity to identify and solve problems with intellectual independence.
  4. Demonstrate the development of an ethical comportment to the world in engaging with issues in relation to philosophy.



Teaching Pattern

Weekly lecture (2 times; 100 minutes)
Weekly seminar (1 time; 50 minutes)


Task 1: Presentation, 750 words (20%)

Task 2: Critique, 500 words (15%)

Task 3: Tutorial/other participation (20%)

Task 4: Position paper, 3000 words (45%)

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