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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?

Employers understand the value of graduates who can think, and decide, for themselves. Waikato Philosophy graduates have the practical and analytical skills needed for careers within the public and private, health, business, environmental, publishing, information technology and education sectors, among others.

 Career opportunities

  • Business Consultant
  • Editor
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Health Policy Adviser
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Practitioner

100 level

Introduction to LogicPHILO10215.0 Points
Critical ThinkingPHILO10315.0 Points
Social and Moral PhilosophyPHILO10615.0 Points
The Big Questions: An Introduction to PhilosophyPHILO15015.0 Points
Politics in the Ancient WorldPOLSC10115.0 Points

200 level

Work PlacementFASS29620.0 Points
Nga Iho Matua: Maori PhilosophyMAORI20215.0 Points
Wisdom, Language, and CommunicationPHILO20415.0 Points
Reason, Science and PseudosciencePHILO20815.0 Points
Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical IntroductionPHILO21515.0 Points
Environmental EthicsPHILO21715.0 Points
Ethics at WorkPHILO21815.0 Points
Happiness and WellbeingPHILO22515.0 Points
Modern Political ThinkersPOLSC20115.0 Points

300 level

Work PlacementFASS39620.0 Points
An Age of Reason? The European EnlightenmentHIST33820.0 Points
Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in EducationPCSS30220.0 Points
Philosophy of ReligionPHIL30520.0 Points
Ethical TheoryPHIL30920.0 Points
Democracy, Justice and EqualityPHIL31520.0 Points
Philosophy and the ArtsPHIL31620.0 Points
Recent Analytical PhilosophyPHIL35020.0 Points
Directed StudyPHIL39020.0 Points
Political IdeasPOLS32720.0 Points

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.

Information ManagementCOMP54315.0 Points
Historical Theories and MethodsHIST51630.0 Points
Moral and Political PhilosophyPHIL53315.0 Points
The Philosophy of LanguagePHIL53415.0 Points
The Philosophy of MindPHIL53615.0 Points
Chosen Philosopher: WittgensteinPHIL54115.0 Points
AestheticsPHIL54515.0 Points
Epistemology and MetaphysicsPHIL55215.0 Points
Special Topic: Virtue EthicsPHIL56015.0 Points
Foundations of Philosophical ResearchPHIL58830.0 Points
Directed StudyPHIL58915.0 Points
DissertationPHIL59130.0 Points
DissertationPHIL59260.0 Points
Philosophy ThesisPHIL59390.0 Points
Philosophy ThesisPHIL594120.0 Points

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.

Philosophy MPhil ThesisPHIL800120.0 Points

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.

Philosophy PhD ThesisPHIL900120.0 Points

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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.

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