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If God created the universe, who created God? Are the colours you see inside your head or outside? Could a computer be conscious? You cannot change the past - why do you think you can change the future? This course is a beginner's guide to Philosophy. Learn to question assumptions and think outside the box. There are no prerequisites for this course - all welcome.
Not only is philosophy one of the most interesting and challenging subjects, it teaches skills that employers want: thinking outside the box, logic, ethics, and excellent writing and communication skills. At UC you can do either a BA or a BSc in Philosophy, or combine a Philosophy major with the LLB, BCom, or another degree.BA or BSc students who major in philosophy must normally take at least two 100-level PHIL courses, plus at least three 200-level PHIL courses (including PHIL233), plus at least 60-points from 300-level PHIL courses (including at least one course from this list: PHIL305; PHIL310; PHIL311; and PHIL317). For more information see the BA regulations and/or the BSc regulations.
The aim of this course is that you will learn to
Think independently, question assumptions, and assess evidence for conflicting views Communicate clearly and precisely about conceptual problems, and use evidence-based reasoning, both orally and in written reports
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Note: the tutorial is highly recommended (but not compulsory).
Contact Diane or Jack for further information.
Assessment to be arranged.There is no final examination in this course.
Brian Davies, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, 3rd edition (Oxford University Press, 2004). Copies are available in UBS and on 3-hour loan in the High Demand Collection in the Library.Jack Copeland, Artificial Intelligence: A Philosophical Introduction (Blackwell-Wiley, e-book 2015). Printed copies are available in UBS and on 3-hour loan in the High Demand Collection in the Library.Numerous readings, videos, and audio files are also available in the course site on Learn.
Philosophy Essay Writing Guide (available to all enrolled Philosophy students)
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.