This unit examines excerpts from major philosophical texts in order to discuss some of the major issues of epistemology, language, interpretation, and philosophy of science: What is knowledge? Does knowledge come from our senses, or from reason? What is the status of scientific and historical knowledge? What is the relation between thought and reality? What is the relationship between reality, our language, and our knowledge?

Unit Code: AP9230C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Self-critically analyse and evaluate their own thinking and reflect on it


Explain the main epistemological issues in the Western philosophical tradition


Critically expound and analyse the fundamental ideas, positions and arguments of the thinkers studied in the unit


Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major arguments of the thinkers presented in the unit and appraise their key positions


Critically expound and differentiate the philosophies of language presented in the unit


Reflect on philosophical debates about the status of scientific and historical knowledge


Define, plan and undertake a topic of research in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner

Unit sequence

1 Foundational Unit of Philosophy


Lectures, seminars and tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Option 1:
4000 word essay 50% week 14 /end of teaching period 1000 word skeleton argument 10% week 14 2 hour written examination 40% Exam week

OR Option 2

7000 100.0

Option 2:
6000 word essay 90% week 16 1000 skeleton argument 10% week 12

OR Opation 1

7000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-03 15:33:58 +1000