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 first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA), the Bachelor of Climate Change (BCC), and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Philosophy may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Philosophy as a single major for the BA, BCC and BSocSc, 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 for the BA, BCC, BSocSc or other undergraduate degree, 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.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(Phil) and GradDip(Phil)
- Prescriptions for the PGCert(Phil), PGDip(Phil), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc
- Prescriptions for the MPhil
- Prescriptions for the PhD
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
- 300 Level
- 500 Level
- 800 Level
- 900 Level
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 Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(Phil), PGDip(Phil), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc
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 must have completed either:
a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in Philosophy (or equivalent) 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 honours (second division), or a PGDip in Philosophy (or equivalent) with at least a B average, and
c) have satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
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 PHILO588 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.
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.
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.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location PHILO102 Introduction to Logic 15.0 22B (Hamilton) An introduction to symbolic logic, including formal testing of arguments for validity in propositional logic and predicate logic. PHILO103 Critical Thinking 15.0 22A (Online) & 22G (Online) This paper helps students to engage critically with the sorts of arguments encountered both inside and outside the University. PHILO106 Social and Moral Philosophy 15.0 22A (Hamilton) & 22A (Online) An investigation of contemporary moral and social issues from a practical ethics perspective. Issues may include abortion, animal welfare, discrimination, euthanasia, freedom of speech, genetic enhancement, privacy, punishment, and your online life. PHILO150 The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy 15.0 22B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga) An introduction to philosophy that investigates a range of big questions. The big questions may include: does God exist?, does my morality apply to you?, do we have free will?, what is the meaning of life?, and who am I?.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location MAORI202 Ngā Iho Matua: Māori Philosophy 15.0 22A (Hamilton) This paper examines the philosophical underpinnings of seminal tikanga Maori concepts, and their influence both historically and in contemporary Maori culture. PHILO204 Wisdom, Language, and Communication 15.0 22B (Hamilton) Is language the seat of all knowledge and wisdom? The aim of this paper is to explore growing philosophical debates in epistemology and the philosophy of language. PHILO205 God, Spirituality, and the Afterlife 15.0 No occurrences This paper analyses a range of conceptions of God (Ultimate reality), spirituality, and the afterlife in order to explore our place in the universe and understand different perspectives on the meaning of life. PHILO215 Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction 15.0 22B (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to central issues in Moral and Political Philosophy, using texts from historical figures in philosophy to study questions about virtue, happiness, justice, liberty, democracy, tyranny, feminism, art, censorship, and moral education. PHILO217 Environmental Ethics 15.0 22H (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. PHILO218 Ethics at Work 15.0 22G (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. PHILO225 Happiness and Wellbeing 15.0 22A (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.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location EDSOC300 Māori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education 15.0 22A (Online) This paper explores comparisons between key Western and Maori philosophies. It considers how Maori and Western philosophies respectively describe the self's relationship with thought and knowledge in the context of education. PHILO304 Meaning, Understanding, and Truth 15.0 22A (Hamilton) What is truth? What is meaning? What is understanding? This paper explores philosophical topics related to language and metaphysics that illuminate the natures of meaning, truth, and understanding and the relationships between them. PHILO305 Philosophy of Religion 15.0 22B (Online) The paper examines a selection of topics in contemporary philosophy of religion, e.g. the problem of evil, hell, death, religious experience, radical theism, the challenge of biblical scholarship. PHILO309 Experiments in Ethics 15.0 22B (Hamilton) The paper uses thought experiments to introduce students to central issues in contemporary moral philosophy. The issues may include: What makes an action right? Are there any absolute duties? Is morality entirely subjective? Is it possible to have moral knowledge? How can we be sure our moral judgments are right? PHILO317 Environmental Ethics 15.0 22H (Online) Do we have moral obligations toward nature? How should human beings treat the natural world? This paper examines questions such as these in light of our current ethical theories. PHILO318 Ethics at Work 15.0 22G (Online) This is an applied ethics paper focussing on the professions, research and business. It examines contemporary issues relevant to a wide range of occupations graduates might enter. PHILO355 The Fundamental Structure of the World 15.0 22A (Hamilton) What is there? What makes up the furniture of reality? What about holes, chairs, possible worlds, fictional characters, musical works, temporal parts, races, or genders? These are central questions within metaphysics that we explore in this paper. We also explore higher-level questions: what is it to exist, and how should we go abo... PHILO390 Directed Study 15.0 22A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton), 22D (Hamilton), 22G (Hamilton) & 22H (Hamilton) This paper offers students an opportunity to undertake advanced research on a specific topic of philosophical interest.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location PHILO534 The Philosophy of Language 15.0 22A (Hamilton) This paper deepens the students understanding of central topics in the philosophy of language. These include: the nature of linguistic meaning, the relation of meaning to truth and reference, what it is to know a language, the relation of language to thought, pragmatic aspects of linguistic communication, and scepticism about lingu... PHILO545 Aesthetics 15.0 22A (Hamilton) This paper covers a range of topics in contemporary aesthetics, including: What is art? What is the difference between art and craft? Are aesthetic values entirely subjective? Can fictional events give rise to real emotions? How is it possible to enjoy horror? PHILO560 Special Topic: Philosophy of Religion 15.0 No occurrences A close examination of one field of religious scholarship and the implications it has for the way philosophy of religion should be done. Possible contributions philosophers might make to the field are also considered. PHILO588 Foundations of Philosophical Research 30.0 No occurrences In this paper we engage in focused analysis of a range of philosophical topics relevant to the research 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 philosophical research techniques. Students enrolled in this paper are expected to attend and participate in the Philosophy Staff/Student seminar series. PHILO589 Directed Study 15.0 22A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton), 22G (Hamilton) & 22H (Hamilton) Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. PHILO591 Dissertation 30.0 22A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22D (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. PHILO592 Dissertation 60.0 22X (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. PHILO593 Philosophy Thesis 90.0 22X (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. PHILO594 Philosophy Thesis 120.0 22X (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location PHILO800 Philosophy MPhil Thesis 120.0 22X (Hamilton) No description available.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location PHILO900 Philosophy PhD Thesis 120.0 22I (Hamilton), 22J (Hamilton), 22K (Hamilton) & 22X (Hamilton) No description available.
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