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 School 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.
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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 School 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.
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 PHILO102 Introduction to Logic 20B (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 20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Online) & 20G (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 20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga) 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 20A (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 20A (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 20B (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 20A (Hamilton) & 20B (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 20S (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 20G (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 20A (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 20A (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 20B (Hamilton) This paper explores philosophical topics in the semantics and metaphysics of meaning, truth, and understanding, and the relationships between them. PHILO305 Philosophy of Religion 20B (Hamilton) 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 20A (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? PHILO317 Environmental Ethics 20S (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 20G (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 20A (Hamilton) Metaphysics is the philosophic 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 its joints, surgically or bluntly. PHILO390 Directed Study 20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20D (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton) This paper offers students an opportunity to undertake advanced research on a specific topic of philosophical interest.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location HISTY516 Historical Theories and Methods 20A (Hamilton) This paper prepares students for professional historical practice and higher study through an investigation of relevant historiographical theories and methodologies. PHILO534 The Philosophy of Language 20B (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... PHILO560 Special Topic: Philosophy of Religion 20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton) An examination of work in the cognitive science of religion with a focus on its implications for analytic philosophy of religion. Students will familiarize themselves with research in the cognitive science of religion that is relevant to core topics in philosophy of religion and critically evaluate the relationship between them. Th... PHILO588 Foundations of Philosophical Research 20A (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 20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20G (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton) Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. PHILO591 Dissertation 20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20D (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. PHILO592 Dissertation 20X (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. PHILO593 Philosophy Thesis 20X (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. PHILO594 Philosophy Thesis 20X (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 20X (Hamilton) No description available.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location PHILO900 Philosophy PhD Thesis 20I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton) No description available.
2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 18 February 2020 4:25pm