PHIL132-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)

God, Mind, and Freedom

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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 tackles these and other fundamental questions in 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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



Timetable Note

Note: the tutorial is highly recommended (but not compulsory).

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Diane Proudfoot


Jack Copeland

Contact Diane or Jack for further information.


Assessment to be arranged.

There is no final examination in this course.

Textbooks / Resources

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.

Course links

Library portal
Philosophy Essay Writing Guide (available to all enrolled Philosophy students)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $799.00

International fee $3,600.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All PHIL132 Occurrences

  • PHIL132-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022
  • PHIL132-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)