Philosophy (2018)

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 Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences. Philosophy may also be taken as a second major or as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Philosophy as a single major, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Philosophy, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level.

To complete Philosophy as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Philosophy, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level.

To complete a minor in Philosophy, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Philosophy major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Philosophy in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.


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  • 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 PHILO591) 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 with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or

    b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Philosophy (or equivalent) with at least second class hounours (second division).

    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 PHILO592, at least a B+ average to be admitted to PHILO593 and at least an A- average to be admitted to PHILO594.

  • 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.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three 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.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
    This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
    ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
    PHILO102Introduction to Logic18B (Hamilton)
    An easy introduction to formal logic comprising an explanation of key concepts such as validity and proof, and an introduction to propositional and predicate logic.
    PHILO103Critical Thinking18A (Hamilton), 18B (Online), 18B (Tauranga) & 18T (Online)
    This paper helps students to engage critically with the sorts of arguments encountered both inside and outside the University.
    PHILO106Social and Moral Philosophy18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
    A study of key concepts in areas of applied ethics including abortion, euthanasia, health care, children's rights, pornography, justice, environmental issues, religion and ethics, and other issues.
    PHILO150The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy18B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to philosophical problems in the areas of knowledge and mind, value theory, metaphysics and religion.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MAORI202Ngā Iho Matua: Māori Philosophy18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the philosophical underpinnings of seminal tikanga Maori concepts, and their influence both historically and in contemporary Maori culture.
    PHILO204Wisdom, Language, and Communication18A (Hamilton)
    Is language the seat of all knowledge and wisdom? The aim of this paper is to explore growing philosophical debate in epistemology and the philosophy of language.
    PHILO208Reason, Science and Pseudoscience18B (Hamilton)
    What makes science so successful? In this paper we discuss scientific reasoning, scientific methods and the social structure of science, and provide tools for differentiating science from pseudoscience. No formal knowledge of science or philosophy is required.
    PHILO215Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction18B (Hamilton)
    A study of the moral and political philosophy of thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Hume and Mill. This paper uses Plato's Republic to introduce students to central issues in Moral and Political Philosophy, including questions about virtue, happiness, justice, liberty, democracy, tyranny, feminism, art, censorship, and moral educat...
    PHILO217Environmental Ethics18S (Hamilton) & 18S (Online)
    A study of ethical questions about the relation of humans to the rest of the natural world, including the attribution of value and rights to the non-human world and ethical issues in environment and development.
    PHILO218Ethics at Work18T (Online)
    A study of ethics as it relates to business and professional practice in New Zealand including material specifically for interest groups: eg computer science, psychology and social work.
    PHILO225Happiness and Wellbeing18A (Hamilton)
    Drawing on ancient wisdom and modern science, this paper investigates the meaning and value of happiness, and the role it plays in making our lives go well for us.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FASS396Work Placement18D (Block)
    This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
    PCSS302Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper explores comparisons between key Western and Maori philosophies. The aim of the paper is to consider how Maori and Western philosophies respectively describe the self in relation to knowledge, and then to delve into issues around the uptake and transmission of knowledge.
    PHIL305Philosophy of Religion18B (Hamilton)
    A detailed examination of selected issues in the field of philosophy of religion including the idea of God, the problem of evil, religious language and religious experience.
    PHIL309Ethical Theory18A (Hamilton)
    A philosophical analysis of moral concepts and the foundations of morality.
    PHIL350Recent Analytical Philosophy18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores philosophical themes in the theory of reality. Metaphysics is the philosophical study of ultimate reality, and metametaphysics is the enquiry into the status of metaphysics. This paper explores the most generic and foundational features of reality and then asks of these features whether they carve nature at it...
    PHIL390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    Admission to this paper is at the discretion of the Philosophy Programme Convenor.
    POLS327Political Ideas18T (Hamilton)
    An introduction to a range of issues in contemporary political philosophy, in particular issues relating to questions of justice. The focus is on the examination of arguments and the clarification of concepts.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PHIL545Aesthetics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper will cover a range of topics in contemporary aesthetics. The class will choose the topics. Possibilities include but are not limited to the expression of emotion in music; the arousal of emotion by music, literature and film; the aesthetic appreciation of nature; is there a single right interpretation of a work of art?; ...
    PHIL588Foundations of Philosophical Research18A (Hamilton)
    In this paper we engage in focused analysis of a range of philosophical topics relevant to the reserach goals of students. The paper enhances students' knowledge of long standing and contemporary debates in philosophy. Students cultivate their research skills through seminar development and presentation, and gain a grounding in phi...
    PHIL589Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
    PHIL591Dissertation18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PHIL592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PHIL593Philosophy Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    PHIL594Philosophy Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PHIL800Philosophy MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PHIL900Philosophy PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 14 January 2020 10:07am

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