Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy

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In this course you’ll learn to question everything that is puzzling, disturbing, exciting and new, in a supportive environment and an atmosphere of lively curiosity.

Key details for

  • ATAR

    • 70
  • Course Code

    • B1316
    • B1316A
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
  • Course Code

    • B1316
    • B1316A
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course Description

In the study of philosophy, you won’t always find answers, but you will learn how to ask good questions. As a Philosophy student you are invited to raise questions and debate them in a supportive environment and an atmosphere of lively curiosity.

In this course you’ll learn to question everything that is puzzling, disturbing, exciting and new. You’ll develop your critical and rational faculties, build your perspective for impartiality and fairness in considering the views of others, and foster a cautious, reflective attitude towards others in relation to your current opinions and beliefs.

To expand your knowledge and skills, you can combine Philosophy with another major such as History or Religion.

When you graduate, you’ll have the critical thinking, research and communication skills you need for a variety of career paths. You can also continue asking pressing questions in the form of further study and research.

As part of the Philosophy major, you will have the opportunity to explore varying facets of ethics, phenomenology, and existential aspects of the human condition. You will undertake core units in subjects such as ‘Critical and Creative Thinking’ and ‘Meaning and Interpretation’, and also have the opportunity to select electives in specialised areas of interest, including ‘Moral and Political Philosophy’ and ‘Ancient Greek Ideas’. Some of the more distinctive units that are popular among students within this major include ‘Existentialism’ and ‘Metaphors of Mind’.

Students with a degree in Philosophy are attractive to employers in the public sector and business. You will be valued for your ability to organise and analyse data, and draw clear, sound judgements. Studying Philosophy will give you an opportunity to study some of the most important yet least considered aspects of human life – the views we take of ourselves and the world, the assumptions they are based on, and the arguments that may justify them. In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena.

Recommended double majors include English and Creative Writing; History; Religion; Global Politics and Policy; Screen Production; or Sociology.

Students with a degree in philosophy are very attractive to employers in the public sector, the professions, and business who value the ability to organise and analyse data, and draw clear, sound judgements.

CRICOS Code: 079364G

 

  • Location

    • Perth Campus or external
  • Intake

    • Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
    • Mid-year start available (International students)
  • School

    • School of Arts
  • Qualification

    • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy

Course Structure

Each course has a core set of units that must be completed for you to graduate. In addition to these core units you are free to choose other units, called general electives, to create your own course.

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Special Requirements

There may be a reduction in choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your offer, however you can use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students up to $10,000 off your first year tuition fee via the International Welcome Scholarships. Find out what other scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system. Applications close at the start of semester on 27 February.

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Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

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