Philosophy (2019)

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 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.

  • 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 Worlds19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
    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 Action19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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 Logic19B (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 Thinking19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Online), 19B (Tauranga) & 19T (Online)
    This paper helps students to engage critically with the sorts of arguments encountered both inside and outside the University.
    PHILO106Social and Moral Philosophy19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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 Philosophy19B (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 Philosophy19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the philosophical underpinnings of seminal tikanga Maori concepts, and their influence both historically and in contemporary Maori culture.
    PHILO204Wisdom, Language, and Communication19A (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 Pseudoscience19B (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 Introduction19B (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 Ethics19S (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 Work19T (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 Wellbeing19A (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
    EDSOC300Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education19A (Online) & 19A (Tauranga)
    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.
    PHILO309Experiments in Ethics19A (Hamilton)
    The paper uses thought experiments to introduce students to central issues in contemporary moral philosophy: What makes actions morally wrong? How can we be sure our moral judgments are right?
    PHILO310Mind, Matter and Consciousness19B (Hamilton)
    Are mental states just brain states? If not, what are they? Can we account for consciousness in purely physical terms? PHILO310 covers these central questions in the Philosophy of Mind.
    PHILO315Democracy, Justice & Equality19A (Hamilton)
    This course provides students with an in-depth introduction to contested topics in modern political philosophy. Students will be expected to analyse the theoretical basis of these positions, and to consider the practical consequences of them.
    PHILO316Philosophy and the Arts19B (Hamilton)
    The course examines philosophical questions to do with the nature and meaning of works of art, the appreciation and evaluation of them, and their function at both the personal and the societal level.
    PHILO317Environmental Ethics19S (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.
    PHILO318Ethics at Work19T (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.
    PHILO390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
    This paper offers students an opportunity to undertake advanced research on a specific topic of philosophical interes
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    HISTY516Historical Theories and Methods19A (Hamilton)
    This paper prepares students for professional historical practice and higher study through an investigation of relevant historiographical theories and methodologies.
    PHILO533Moral and Political Philosophy19A (Hamilton)
    This paper will cover a range of current topics in moral and political philosophy. The exact content will be guided by choices made in class, but will include detailed analysis of foundational problems in modern political philosophy, and exploration of the intersection of moral and political philosophy in practice.
    PHILO536The Philosophy of Mind19B (Hamilton)
    This paper will cover philosophical theories of consciousness, focusing in particular on the views of Daniel Dennett and John Searle.
    PHILO545Aesthetics19B (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?; ...
    PHILO588Foundations of Philosophical Research19A (Hamilton)
    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 phi...
    PHILO589Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19S (Hamilton) & 19T (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.
    PHILO591Dissertation19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PHILO592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PHILO593Philosophy Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    PHILO594Philosophy Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PHILO800Philosophy MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PHILO900Philosophy PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 11 October 2018 3:33pm

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