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  • FHSS103 (2018): Great Ideas

    20 points. Trimester 1,Trimester 3.

    Great Ideas is a course reflecting on some of the most exciting, important and revolutionary ideas that have shaped society and culture as it is today. It also considers how those ideas have an ongoing influence. It’s an interdisciplinary course looking at topics across the humanities, arts and social sciences.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/fhss/103/2018

  • FHSS107 (2018): Mental Health and Disorder: Inter-disciplinary Perspectives

    20 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    This course approaches mental health and mental disorder from various disciplinary perspectives. It considers definitions of mental disorder, representations of mental illness in film and literature, cultural and scientific conceptions of the healthy mind, and social and demographic influences upon mental health. The course introduces students to the methods of several disciplines, which may include Literature, Maori Studies, Psychology, Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, and Sociology. This course will first be offered in 2019.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/fhss/107/2018

  • PHIL104 (2017): Minds, Brains and Persons

    20 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    This course is an introduction to philosophical questions about the nature of minds and how they relate to brains and persons. Topics may include: What is consciousness? What can science tell us about the mind? What is a person? In virtue of what do persons persist over time? 65% internal assessment, 35% examination.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/104/2017

  • PHIL105 (2018): The Big Questions

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Ramon Das.

    This course considers some of the most difficult questions about life. Possible topics: What’s the meaning of life? Does God exist? What is human nature? Are we free? Is there a single true morality? Is there life after death? Would it be good to live forever? What is happiness?

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/105/2018

  • PHIL106 (2018): Contemporary Ethical Issues

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Nicholas Agar.

    An introduction to issues in applied ethics. Topics may include: the morality of the death penalty, war, cloning, abortion and euthanasia, and the moral status of non-human animals.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/106/2018

  • PHIL107 (2016): Philosophy of Media and the Arts

    20 points. Course not offered in 2016.

    An introduction to the philosophy of art, focusing on philosophical issues concerning popular culture, film, fiction, music and the visual arts. Trimester 3: 100% internal assessment. Trimester 3: Withdrawal with refund by 18/11/2016; withdrawal without Associate Dean (Students) approval by 13/12/16.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/107/2016

  • PHIL123 (2018): Critical Thinking

    20 points. Trimester 3. Coordinator: Sondra Bacharach.

    This course provides an introduction to the theory of critical thinking. Students will learn how to evaluate arguments and weigh up the evidence in support of a conclusion. Students will also learn how to make rational decisions based on the hypotheses they come to believe after consideration of such arguments.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/123/2018

  • FHSS207 (2018): The Future of Work

    20 points. Trimester 1,Trimester 2. Coordinator: Stuart Brock.

    Workforces are changing at a rapid pace with various predictions regarding the future nature of work. In this interdisciplinary course, students will critically examine the changing nature of the work and employment from a range of perspectives including Sociology, History, Philosophy, Media Studies, Design and Management. The course traces the history of work and employment, and considers the contemporary challenges facing workers and their employers in the context of labour market and wider social changes. Students will critically evaluate a range of views on these changes, and apply their understandings to a specific challenge presented by a Wellington organisation. This course is co-taught with HRIR207.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/fhss/207/2018

  • INTP261 (2016): Political Philosophy and International Relations

    20 points. Course not offered in 2016.

    This course surveys the historical and philosophical development of international relations theory and political theory. It will examine foundational texts drawn from thinkers across the range of western political theory, from ancient Greece to the twentieth century. 70% internal assessment, 30% examination. This course may also be able to be taken towards majors in PHIL or POLS. See major requirements for details.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/intp/261/2016

  • PHIL201 (2018): Knowledge and Reality

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Edwin Mares.

    This course will consist of a survey of contemporary metaphysics (reality) and epistemology (the theory of knowledge). Questions to be discussed may include: What is knowledge? How are beliefs justified? When should we believe something on the basis of testimony from others? What is the nature of space and time? What are possible worlds?

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/201/2018

  • PHIL202 (2018): Ethics

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Simon Keller.

    This course is an examination of the 20th century approaches to ethics. Topics that may be discussed include: What is the nature of ethics and morality? Are our ethical judgments systematically mistaken? How and why have we evolved to make moral judgments?

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/202/2018

  • PHIL209 (2018): Special Topic: Non-Western Philosophy

    20 points. Trimester 3.

    This course is an introduction to classical Chinese philosophy, focused on Confucianism, its developments, and and the challenges and alternatives presented to it by Moism and Daoism. The course will study the works of Confucius, Mozi, Mengzi, Laozi, Zhuangzi, and Xunzi, with a focus on their views about ethics, political philosophy, education, and human nature. Trimester 3: Withdrawal with refund by 24/11/2017, withdrawal without refund by 13/12/2017, after which date the permission of the Associate Dean (Students) will be required to withdraw.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/209/2018

  • PHIL211 (2018): Introduction to Logic

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Edwin Mares.

    An introduction to the analysis of arguments using the methods of symbolic logic. Students are introduced to the use of techniques such as truth tables, trees and natural deduction to test arguments for validity.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/211/2018

  • PHIL264 (2018): Ethics and International Affairs

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Ramon Das.

    This course will examine some important topics that lie at the interaction of moral philosphy and international relations, including war and just-war theory, humanitarian aid and intervention, and nationalism and state-hood. This course is also able to be taken towards majors in INTP or POLS. See major requirements for details.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/264/2018

  • PHIL265 (2018): Mind and Cognition

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Justin Sytsma.

    This course explores the nature of the mental by investigating accounts of the mind and cognition. Topics that may be discussed include the relationship between the mind and the body, consciousness, perception, intentionality, and mental content.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/265/2018

  • PHIL267 (2018): Great Philosophers

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Simon Keller.

    This course surveys the history of philosophy through the contribution of influential philosophers from both the ancient and modern period. Philosophers that may be discussed include: Thales, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/267/2018

  • PHIL268 (2017): Art and Culture

    20 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    This course presents a series of contemporary philosophical controversies and questions raised by art and culture. 100% internal assessment.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/268/2017

  • MATH309 (2018): Mathematical Logic

    15 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Adam Day.

    An introduction to the semantics and proof theory of symbolic languages, explaining the role of logic in describing mathematical structures and formalising reasoning about them. Topics covered include propositional logic;first-order logic of quantifiers and predicates; and the beginnings of model theory, including completeness and compactness theorems.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/math/309/2018

  • PHIL302 (2018): Ethical Theory

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Richard Joyce.

    An examination of the foundations of ethics. What is distinctive about moral language? Are moral properties real? Are our moral judgements justified (and if so how)? Topics related to moral psychology and the evolution or moral cognition may also be covered.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/302/2018

  • PHIL303 (2017): Rights, Equality and Freedom: Contemporary Political Philosophy

    20 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    This course examines major positions and issues in contemporary political philosophy, including questions about rights, equality, justice, freedom, and democracy. This course is also able to be taken towards a major in POLS. See major requirements for details.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/303/2017

  • PHIL309 (2016): Special Topic: Political Philosophy East & West

    20 points. Course not offered in 2016.

    This course looks at various forms of the Western Liberal tradition and challenges posed to it by various thinkers in early China, including Confucius, Laozi, Mozi, and Han Fei. Of particular focus will be the relationship between human nature and political philosophy and the role of morality in politics. 100% internal assessment. Trimester 3: Withdrawal with refund by 18/11/2016; withdrawal without Associate Dean (Students) approval by 13/12/16.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/309/2016

  • PHIL310 (2018): Special Topic: The Philosophy of Citizenship

    20 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    This course will examine the nature of citizenship, looking at such issues as loyalty to the state, obligations to follow the law, civil disobedience, immigration, and the place of religion in politics. 100% internal assessment.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/310/2018

  • PHIL313 (2018): Philosophy of the Arts

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Sondra Bacharach.

    This course will examine a series of contemporary philosophical issues concerning what art is, whether there are objective standards of taste, objective aesthetic properties, when works of art start and finish, collaborations and art, morality and art, fakes and forgeries, appropriation and art, interactive and computer art, and street art.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/313/2018

  • PHIL318 (2018): Philosophy of Science

    20 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    This course surveys the issues and positions in modern philosophy of science, beginning with a discussion of the history of philosophy of science from Logical Positivism to the present. We then discuss particular problems such as the problem of induction, the problem of scientific explanation, the debate between realists and anti-realists, and the relationship between the various natural and social sciences. 60% internal assessment, 40% examination.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/318/2018

  • PHIL325 (2017): Metaphysics

    20 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    An introduction to some central problems in metaphysics, focusing on issues in the philosophy of time.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/325/2017

  • PHIL331 (2017): Language and the World

    20 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    This course examines the conceptual development of the theories of meaning and reference to the present. We discuss the problem of interpreting what others say and the role of context in the understanding of language. 100% internal assessment.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/331/2017

  • PHIL335 (2018): Logic

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Edwin Mares.

    This course covers central systems of extra-classical and non-classical (or 'deviant') logic. A selection of the following logics will be studied in this course: temporal logic, modal logic, intuitionist logic, relevant logic and many-valued logic.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/335/2018

  • PHIL361 (2018): Bioethics

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Nicholas Agar.

    This course will introduce students to some central questions in bioethics. Topics covered may include the ethical issues associated with assisted reproduction, severely disabled newborns, euthanasia, informed consent, human cloning, stem cell therapy, radical life extension, and intellectual enhancement.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/361/2018

  • PHIL371 (2018): Paradoxes

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Cei Maslen.

    This course studies a variety of paradoxes and contemporary philosophical responses to them. Paradoxes to be discussed may include: Zeno’s paradoxes, the Sorites paradox, Newcombs’ paradox, prisoners’ dilemma, the surprise examination paradox, and the liar paradox.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/371/2018

  • PHIL373 (2018): Experimental Philosophy

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Justin Sytsma.

    This course will survey and critique the new and emerging field of experimental philosophy. This will include looking at some of the ways in which empirical methods have been brought to bear on philosophical questions in areas such as epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and ethics.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/373/2018

  • PHIL375 (2016): Philosophy of Law

    20 points. Course not offered in 2016.

    This course is a comprehensive examination of jurisprudence and the philosophy of law. Questions that may be discussed are: What is a law? From where do laws derive their authority? What is the relationship between the law, ethics and morality? 100% internal assessment.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/375/2016

  • PHIL389 (2018): Pre-honours Seminar

    20 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    This course will (1) introduce students to theoretical questions about the nature of philosophy and the sub-discipline known as metaphilosophy, (2) teach students practical skills to enhance their ability to do research in philosophy, and (3) support students as they complete their first independent research essays in philosophy. 100% internal assessment.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/389/2018

  • POLS362 (2018): A Topic in Political Philosophy: Feminist Theory

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Greta Snyder.

    This course enables students to engage deeply with a broad range of feminist thought. We will first focus on feminist critiques of social/political institutions, then on feminist prescriptions, and finally look at the means feminists have suggested for realising these solutions. Along the way, we will engage a myriad of controversies that have created schisms within feminist thought and practice. This course may also be able to be taken towards majors in INTP or PHIL. See major requirements for details.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/pols/362/2018

  • PHIL421 (2018): Formal Logic

    15 points. Trimester 2.

    This course will be an introduction to standard model and proof theory. 60% internal assessment, 40% examination.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/421/2018

  • PHIL422 (2016): Philosophical Logic

    15 points. Course not offered in 2016.

    This course will be an in-depth discussion of one or more problems in contemporary philosophical logic. Topics will change from year to year, but they may include vagueness, theories of truth, modal logic applied to problems in philosophy, or the philosophy of mathematics. 100% internal assessment.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/422/2016

  • PHIL441 (2018): Metaphysics and Epistemology

    15 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Cei Maslen.

    This course considers questions about the fundamental nature of reality and what we can know and justifiably believe about it.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/441/2018

  • PHIL442 (2018): Language and Mind

    15 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Edwin Mares.

    This course considers questions about how our thoughts and language can represent the world.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/442/2018

  • PHIL443 (2018): Value Theory

    15 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Sondra Bacharach.

    This course will consider closely some topics in moral philosophy, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/443/2018

  • PHIL444 (2017): Advanced Ethics

    15 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    This course examines contemporary debates in philosophy about the fundamental moral principles that govern and constrain human behaviour.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/444/2017

  • PHIL445 (2018): Contemporary Approaches to Philosophy

    15 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Stuart Brock.

    This course examines topics that continue to shape and influence contemporary western analytic philosophy.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/445/2018

  • PHIL446 (2018): New Books in Philosophy

    15 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Justin Sytsma.

    This course will involve students closely reading and critically evaluating two recently published monographs in philosophy.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/446/2018

  • PHIL449 (2018): Political Philosophy

    15 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Simon Keller.

    This course is an in-depth survey of central and fundamental questions in political philosophy. It will consider concepts such as politics, liberty, justice, property, rights, law, and authority. It will ask what these concepts mean and why they are important. It will also consider questions such as: What makes a government legitimate? What rights and freedoms should a government protect? What form should a government take? What duties do citizens owe to a legitimate government? and When can a government be legitimately overthrown, if ever? Students will be required to do advanced research (under supervision) on a topic of their choice.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/449/2018

  • PHIL489 (2018): Research Project

    30 points. Trimester 1 + 2.

    This course gives students the opportunity to pursue an individual research project with guidance and support from a supervisor. Regular supervision is arranged with the supervisor, and signed off by Philosophy's Coordinator of Graduate Studies.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/489/2018

  • PHPE401 (2018): Philosophy, Politics and Economics

    30 points. Trimester 2.

    This course examines topics at the intersection of philosophy, politics and economics. Topics may include: social choice theory, rational choice theory, economic history, value theory, the politics of global finance, global governance, and comparative political economics.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phpe/401/2018

  • PHPE402 (2018): Approaches to Microeconomics

    15 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Adrian Slack.

    This course gives students an in depth knowledge of the principles of microeconomics and their application.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phpe/402/2018

  • PHPE403 (2018): Approaches to Macroeconomics

    15 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Adrian Slack.

    This course gives students an in depth knowledge of the principles of macroeconomics and their application.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phpe/403/2018

  • LOGI591 (2018): Thesis

    120 points. Full Year.

    MA thesis in Logic.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/logi/591/2018

  • PHIL591 (2018): Thesis

    120 points. Full Year.

    MA thesis in Philosophy.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/591/2018

  • PHPE589 (2018): Research Project

    30 points. Trimester 3.

    This course gives students the opportunity to pursue an individual research project relating to an aspect of the PPE programme. Students will be given guidance and support from a supervisor. Regular supervision is arranged with the supervisor, and signed off by the PPE Programme Director.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phpe/589/2018

  • PHPE590 (2018): Philosophy, Politics and Economics Internship

    30 points. Trimester 3.

    This course builds on the skills and knowledge gained through Part 1 of the PPE programme. It provides students with the opportunity of gaining direct insights into the workings of government, ministries or related workplaces. Placements will be organized through the PPE Internship coordinator.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phpe/590/2018

  • PHIL690 (2018): Philosophy for PhD

    120 points. Full Year.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/phil/690/2018