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Philosophy

Philosophy exposes and addresses problems, including ethical problems, problems about science, logical problems and problems about the nature of reality.
Philosophy is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Philosophy may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete a major in Philosophy, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Philosophy, including PHIL250, PHIL350, and at least 40 further points above 200 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in Philosophy include at least two 100 level Philosophy papers in the first year of their programme of study. Students should note that either PHIL102 or PHIL103 is a prerequisite for PHIL350.
Before proceeding to 300 level Philosophy papers, students are normally expected to have passed a minimum of four papers in Philosophy, at least two of which are at 200 level. Students with appropriate professional experience or academic background who do not meet this requirement may be admitted to PHIL305, PHIL315, PHIL316, PHIL317 and PHIL390.
Students whose main interest is in applied ethics, moral and political philosophy, and aesthetics and who do not want to complete PHIL250 and PHIL350 should consider taking Ethics as a major or supporting subject. For details see Ethics prescriptions.

Note: Candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Philosophy papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Philosophy papers above 200 level.


  • 100 level
  • PHIL102 - 15B (HAM)  - Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL103 - 15A (HAM), 15B (TGA) & 15B (NET)  - Critical Reasoning
  • PHIL106 - 15A (SEC), 15A (NET) & 15A (HAM)  - Social and Moral Philosophy
  • PHIL150 - 15B (HAM)  - The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
  • 200 level
  • PHIL202  - Intermediate Logic
  • PHIL204 - 15S (NET)  - Language and Communication
  • PHIL208  - Understanding Science: How and Why it Works
  • PHIL210  - Minds and Machines
  • PHIL215 - 15B (HAM)  - Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction
  • PHIL217 - 15S (NET)  - Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL218 - 15T (NET)  - Ethics at Work
  • PHIL222 - 15B (HAM)  - Possible Worlds
  • PHIL250 - 15A (HAM)  - Knowledge and Reality
  • POLS201 - 15T (HAM)  - Major Political Thinkers
  • 300 level
  • HIST338 - 15A (NET)  - An Age of Reason? The European Enlightenment
  • PCSS302 - 15A (HAM)  - Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education
  • PHIL305  - Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL309 - 15B (HAM)  - Ethical Theory
  • PHIL315 - 15B (HAM)  - Democracy, Justice and Equality
  • PHIL316 - 15A (HAM) & 15B (HAM)  - Philosophy and the Arts
  • PHIL350 - 15A (HAM)  - Recent Analytical Philosophy
  • PHIL390 - 15A (HAM), 15B (HAM), 15S (HAM), 15T (HAM) & 15Y (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • POLS327 - 15A (HAM)  - Political Ideas
  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Phil) and GradDip(Phil)
    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Philosophy at an advanced level in their first degree.
    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.
  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Phil), PGDip(Phil), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc.
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Philosophy papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Philosophy papers or all their undergraduate Philosophy papers.
    To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Philosophy, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally PHIL591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Philosophy.
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA or MSocSc in Philosophy, a student should have completed either:
    a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in Philosophy and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Philosophy papers or all of their undergraduate Philosophy papers, or
    b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Philosophy (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.
    Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in Philosophy vary according to admission criteria:
    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including PHIL588 and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.
    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.
    To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B average to be admitted to PHIL592, at least a B+ average to be admitted to PHIL593 and at least an A- average to be admitted to PHIL594.
  • HIST516 - 15Y (HAM)  - Historical Theories and Methods
  • PHIL533  - Moral and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL534  - The Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL536 - 15A (HAM)  - The Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL541 - 15A (HAM)  - Chosen Philosopher: Wittgenstein
  • PHIL545 - 15A (HAM)  - Aesthetics
  • PHIL552  - Epistemology and Metaphysics
  • PHIL560 - 15B (HAM)  - Special Topic: Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL588 - 15B (HAM)  - Foundations of Philosophical Research
  • PHIL589 - 15A (HAM), 15B (HAM), 15S (HAM) & 15T (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • PHIL591 - 15A (HAM), 15B (HAM) & 15Y (HAM)  - Dissertation
  • PHIL592 - 15C (HAM)  - Dissertation
  • PHIL593 - 15C (HAM)  - Philosophy Thesis
  • PHIL594 - 15C (HAM)  - Philosophy Thesis
  • Prescriptions for the MPhil
    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
    The requirements for admission to Masters level study in Philosophy are set out in the Faculty Handbook.
  • PHIL800 - 15C (HAM)  - Philosophy MPhil Thesis
  • Prescriptions for the PhD
    The Doctor of Philosophy is a two year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
  • PHIL900 - 15C (HAM)  - Philosophy PhD Thesis

Current information as of 17 October 2014 12:17pm

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