Courses & Units

Applied Philosophy HPH302


Philosophers regularly collaborate with neuroscientists and psychologists, mathematicians and physicists, ecologists and biologists, artists and filmmakers, as well as medical practitioners and researchers. These collaborations are often fruitful and offer new, unexpected insights. Most disciplines involve philosophical questions or benefit from philosophical skills of analysis and critical thinking. In this unit you will study some of these engagements between philosophy and other disciplines, practices or aspects of life. You will learn why and how philosophy can address questions and solve problems outside the normal boundaries of the discipline.


Unit name Applied Philosophy
Unit code HPH302
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Louise Richardson-Self
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of contemporary debates and positions within particular fields of philosophy across different philosophical traditions appropriate for continuing honours and postgraduate study of philosophy.
  • Apply understanding of contemporary social, political, cultural, environmental, scientific or aesthetic issues in relation to philosophy, synthesising perspectives to arrive at reflectively formed judgements.
  • Use 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

Weekly lecture (1 hour online) and weekly seminar (2 hours)

Off campus

Weekly lecture (1 hour online) and online discussion equivalent to a 2 hour seminar

AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Report (15%)|Assessment Task 2: Presentation (20%)|Assessment Task 4: Tutorial Participation/Other Participation (20%)|Assessment Task 3: 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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