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)
- 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 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 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.
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.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ARTSC110 Old Worlds - New Worlds 19A (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. ARTSC111 Social Science Theory and Action 19A (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. PHILO102 Introduction to Logic 19B (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. PHILO103 Critical Thinking 19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19A (Tauranga), 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. PHILO106 Social and Moral Philosophy 19A (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. PHILO150 The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy 19B (Hamilton) An introduction to philosophical problems in the areas of knowledge and mind, value theory, metaphysics and religion.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location MAORI202 Ngā Iho Matua: Māori Philosophy 19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga) 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 19A (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. PHILO208 Reason, Science and Pseudoscience 19B (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. PHILO215 Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction 19B (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... PHILO217 Environmental Ethics 19S (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 19T (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 19A (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 Occurrence / Location EDSOC300 Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education 19A (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. PHILO309 Experiments in Ethics 19A (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? PHILO310 Mind, Matter and Consciousness 19B (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. PHILO315 Democracy, Justice & Equality 19A (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. PHILO316 Philosophy and the Arts 19B (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. PHILO317 Environmental Ethics 19S (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 19T (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. PHILO390 Directed Study 19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19S (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton) This paper offers students an opportunity to undertake advanced research on a specific topic of philosophical interes
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location HISTY516 Historical Theories and Methods 19A (Hamilton) This paper prepares students for professional historical practice and higher study through an investigation of relevant historiographical theories and methodologies. PHILO533 Moral and Political Philosophy 19A (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. PHILO536 The Philosophy of Mind 19B (Hamilton) This paper will cover philosophical theories of consciousness, focusing in particular on the views of Daniel Dennett and John Searle. PHILO545 Aesthetics 19B (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?; ... PHILO588 Foundations of Philosophical Research 19A (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... PHILO589 Directed Study 19A (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. PHILO591 Dissertation 19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. PHILO592 Dissertation 19C (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. PHILO593 Philosophy Thesis 19C (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. PHILO594 Philosophy Thesis 19C (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location PHILO800 Philosophy MPhil Thesis 19C (Hamilton) No description available.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location PHILO900 Philosophy PhD Thesis 19C (Hamilton) & 19D (Hamilton) No description available.
2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 21 January 2019 10:14am