Introduction to Philosophy A

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Philosophy A

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    Introduces students to areas, themes or problems in philosophy in a manner designed to provide them with a basic grasp of the nature and scope of the discipline.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Impart to students familiarity with, and knowledge of, the main issues addressed and approaches taken by philosophers.

    2. Impart to students, critical skills to deal with these issues and employ these approaches in their assessment of their own culture and societal life, and in thinking about their own personal lives.

    3. Develop high level written and oral skills in analysing and presenting philosophical issues.

    4. Develop a capacity to appreciate the philosophical positions involved in how people approach ways of living and evaluating life situations.


    Specific content will vary from year to year, and typically covers two major philosophical areas, themes or problems.

    The course may focus on one particular philosophy, for instance Plato, or it may survey several under a selected theme, such as freedom and responsibility, or under a selected problem, such as the nature of mind.

    These will be chosen so as to complement those for PHIL1030 so that the two courses together provide a balanced coverage of the core areas of the discipline:

    moral and political philosophy;
    the theory of knowledge (epistemology);
    the nature of reality (metaphysics)

    Assessment Items

    Essay: Essay 1

    Essay: Essay 2

    In Term Test: Take Home Exam

    Contact Hours


    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.