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.
- Business Consultant
- Environmental Consultant
- Health Policy Adviser
- Policy Analyst
- Public Relations Practitioner
Study Philosophy in any of these qualifications
|Introduction to Logic||PHIL102||15.0 Points|
|Critical Reasoning||PHIL103||15.0 Points|
|Social and Moral Philosophy||PHIL106||15.0 Points|
|The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy||PHIL150||15.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS296||20.0 Points|
|Intermediate Logic||PHIL202||20.0 Points|
|Language and Communication||PHIL204||20.0 Points|
|Understanding Science: How and Why it Works||PHIL208||20.0 Points|
|Minds and Machines||PHIL210||20.0 Points|
|Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction||PHIL215||20.0 Points|
|Environmental Ethics||PHIL217||20.0 Points|
|Ethics at Work||PHIL218||20.0 Points|
|Possible Worlds||PHIL222||20.0 Points|
|Knowledge and Reality||PHIL250||20.0 Points|
|Major Political Thinkers||POLS201||20.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS396||20.0 Points|
|An Age of Reason? The European Enlightenment||HIST338||20.0 Points|
|Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education||PCSS302||20.0 Points|
|Philosophy of Religion||PHIL305||20.0 Points|
|Ethical Theory||PHIL309||20.0 Points|
|Democracy, Justice and Equality||PHIL315||20.0 Points|
|Philosophy and the Arts||PHIL316||20.0 Points|
|Recent Analytical Philosophy||PHIL350||20.0 Points|
|Directed Study||PHIL390||20.0 Points|
|Political Ideas||POLS327||20.0 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 Management||COMP543||15.0 Points|
|Historical Theories and Methods||HIST516||30.0 Points|
|Moral and Political Philosophy||PHIL533||15.0 Points|
|The Philosophy of Language||PHIL534||15.0 Points|
|The Philosophy of Mind||PHIL536||15.0 Points|
|Chosen Philosopher: Wittgenstein||PHIL541||15.0 Points|
|Epistemology and Metaphysics||PHIL552||15.0 Points|
|Special Topic: Virtue Ethics||PHIL560||15.0 Points|
|Foundations of Philosophical Research||PHIL588||30.0 Points|
|Directed Study||PHIL589||15.0 Points|
|Philosophy Thesis||PHIL593||90.0 Points|
|Philosophy Thesis||PHIL594||120.0 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 Thesis||PHIL800||120.0 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 Thesis||PHIL900||120.0 Points|
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.