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Philosophy

Philosophy is for thinkers and doers. It's about solving real-life problems, and applying intellectual rigour to how we understand and interact with others, society and the world. Studying Philosophy at Waikato will teach you how to learn, think and write clearly, argue vigorously, and question deeply held assumptions and beliefs.

The study of Philosophy involves tackling ethical and science-related issues, logic problems and debates about the nature of reality. It asks fundamental questions about what it means to be human, at this time and in this place. Questions such as: what is truth; what is reality; what is the mind; and what is good?

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
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Prescriptions for the GradCert(Phil) and GradDip(Phil)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Philosophy at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Phil), PGDip(Phil), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Philosophy papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Philosophy papers or all their undergraduate Philosophy papers.

To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Philosophy, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally PHIL591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Philosophy.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA or MSocSc in Philosophy, a student should have completed either:

a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in Philosophy and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Philosophy papers or all of their undergraduate Philosophy papers, or

b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Philosophy (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in Philosophy vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including PHIL588 and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B average to be admitted to PHIL592, at least a B+ average to be admitted to PHIL593 and at least an A- average to be admitted to PHIL594.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

The requirements for admission to Masters level study in Philosophy are set out in the Faculty Handbook.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
PHIL102Introduction to LogicThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL103Critical ReasoningThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL106Social and Moral PhilosophyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL150The Big Questions: An Introduction to PhilosophyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHILO102Introduction to Logic18B (Hamilton)
An easy introduction to formal logic comprising an explanation of key concepts such as validity and proof, and an introduction to propositional and predicate logic.
PHILO103Critical Thinking18A (Hamilton), 18B (Online), 18B (Tauranga) & 18T (Online)
This paper helps students to engage critically with the sorts of arguments encountered both inside and outside the University.
PHILO106Social and Moral Philosophy18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
A study of key concepts in areas of applied ethics including abortion, euthanasia, health care, children's rights, pornography, justice, environmental issues, religion and ethics, and other issues.
PHILO150The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to philosophical problems in the areas of knowledge and mind, value theory, metaphysics and religion.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDSOC300Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in EducationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
FASS296Work PlacementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MAORI202Nga Iho Matua: Maori Philosophy18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the philosophical underpinnings of seminal tikanga Maori concepts, and their influence both historically and in contemporary Maori culture.
PHIL204Language and CommunicationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL208Understanding Science: How and Why it WorksThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL210Minds and MachinesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL215Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical IntroductionThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL217Environmental EthicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL218Ethics at WorkThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL222Possible WorldsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL250Knowledge and RealityThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHILO204Wisdom, Language, and Communication18A (Hamilton)
Someone says, 'Zombies eat brains'. How does language and knowledge enable us to convey thoughts about non-existent things? This paper explores major debates in epistemology and the philosophy of language.
PHILO208Reason, Science and Pseudoscience18B (Hamilton)
What makes science so successful? In this paper we discuss scientific reasoning, scientific methods and the social structure of science, and provide tools for differentiating science from pseudoscience.
PHILO215Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction18B (Hamilton)
This paper uses Plato's Republic to introduce students to central issues in moral and political philosophy, including questions about virtue, happiness, justice, liberty, democracy, tyranny, feminism, art, censorship, and moral education.
PHILO217Environmental Ethics18S (Hamilton) & 18S (Online)
A study of ethical questions about the relation of humans to the rest of the natural world, including the attribution of value and rights to the non-human world and ethical issues in environment and development.
PHILO218Ethics at Work18T (Online)
This is an applied ethics paper focussing on the professions, research and business. It examines contemporary issues relevant to a wide range of occupations graduates might enter.
PHILO225Happiness and Wellbeing18A (Hamilton)
Drawing on ancient wisdom and modern science, this paper investigates the meaning and value of happiness, and the role it plays in making our lives go well for us.
POLS201Major Political ThinkersThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FASS396Work Placement18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
HIST338An Age of Reason? The European EnlightenmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PCSS302Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper explores comparisons between key Western and Maori philosophies. The aim of the paper is to consider how Maori and Western philosophies respectively describe the self in relation to knowledge, and then to delve into issues around the uptake and transmission of knowledge.
PHIL305Philosophy of Religion18B (Hamilton)
A detailed examination of selected issues in the field of philosophy of religion including the idea of God, the problem of evil, religious language and religious experience.
PHIL309Ethical Theory18A (Hamilton)
A philosophical analysis of moral concepts and the foundations of morality.
PHIL315Democracy, Justice and EqualityThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL316Philosophy and the ArtsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL350Recent Analytical Philosophy18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores philosophical themes in the theory of reality. Metaphysics is the philosophical study of ultimate reality, and metametaphysics is the enquiry into the status of metaphysics. This paper explores the most generic and foundational features of reality and then asks of these features whether they carve nature at it...
PHIL390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Admission to this paper is at the discretion of the Philosophy Programme Convenor.
POLS327Political Ideas18T (Hamilton)
An introduction to a range of issues in contemporary political philosophy, in particular issues relating to questions of justice. The focus is on the examination of arguments and the clarification of concepts.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMP543Information ManagementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST516Historical Theories and MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL533Moral and Political PhilosophyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL536The Philosophy of MindThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL541Chosen Philosopher: WittgensteinThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL545Aesthetics18B (Hamilton)
This paper will cover a range of topics in contemporary aesthetics. The class will choose the topics. Possibilities include but are not limited to the expression of emotion in music; the arousal of emotion by music, literature and film; the aesthetic appreciation of nature; is there a single right interpretation of a work of art?; ...
PHIL552Epistemology and MetaphysicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL560Special Topic: Virtue EthicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL588Foundations of Philosophical Research18A (Hamilton)
In this paper we engage in focused analysis of a range of philosophical topics relevant to the reserach goals of students. The paper enhances students' knowledge of long standing and contemporary debates in philosophy. Students cultivate their research skills through seminar development and presentation, and gain a grounding in phi...
PHIL589Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
PHIL591Dissertation18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PHIL592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PHIL593Philosophy Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
PHIL594Philosophy Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHIL800Philosophy MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHIL900Philosophy PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Philosophy Programme


Philosophy is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Philosophy may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Philosophy, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Philosophy, including at least 60 above 200 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in Philosophy include at least two 100 level Philosophy papers in the first year of their programme of study.

Before proceeding to 300 level Philosophy papers, students are normally expected to have passed a minimum of four papers in Philosophy, at least two of which are 200 level. Students with appropriate professional experience or academic background who do not meet this requirement may be admitted to PHIL305, PHIL316, PHIL317 and PHIL390.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4030
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: phil-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: phil-grad@waikato.ac.nz