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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
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
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Study in Tauranga

Students in Tauranga can complete a minor in Philosophy through a combination of papers taught at the CBD campus, and online.


100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHILO102Introduction to Logic20B (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 Thinking20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Online) & 20G (Online)
This paper helps students to engage critically with the sorts of arguments encountered both inside and outside the University.
PHILO106Social and Moral Philosophy20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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 Philosophy20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
An introduction to philosophical problems in the areas of knowledge and mind, value theory, metaphysics and religion.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MAORI202Ngā Iho Matua: Māori Philosophy20A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the philosophical underpinnings of seminal tikanga Maori concepts, and their influence both historically and in contemporary Maori culture.
PHILO204Wisdom, Language, and Communication20A (Hamilton)
Is language the seat of all knowledge and wisdom? The aim of this paper is to explore growing philosophical debate in epistemology and the philosophy of language.
PHILO208Reason, Science and Pseudoscience20B (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. No formal knowledge of science or philosophy is required.
PHILO215Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
A study of the moral and political philosophy of thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Hume and Mill. 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 educat...
PHILO217Environmental Ethics20S (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 Work20G (Online)
A study of ethics as it relates to business and professional practice in New Zealand including material specifically for interest groups: eg computer science, psychology and social work.
PHILO225Happiness and Wellbeing20A (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.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDSOC300Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education20A (Online)
This paper explores comparisons between key Western and Maori philosophies. It considers how Maori and Western philosophies respectively describe the self's relationship with thought and knowledge in the context of education.
PHILO304Meaning, Understanding, and Truth20B (Hamilton)
This paper explores philosophical topics in the semantics and metaphysics of meaning, truth, and understanding, and the relationships between them.
PHILO305Philosophy of Religion20B (Hamilton)
The paper examines a selection of topics in contemporary philosophy of religion, e.g. the problem of evil, hell, death, religious experience, radical theism, the challenge of biblical scholarship.
PHILO309Experiments in Ethics20A (Hamilton)
The paper uses thought experiments to introduce students to central issues in contemporary moral philosophy: What makes actions morally wrong? How can we be sure our moral judgments are right?
PHILO317Environmental Ethics20S (Online)
Do we have moral obligations toward nature? How should human beings treat the natural world? This paper examines questions such as these in light of our current ethical theories.
PHILO318Ethics at Work20G (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.
PHILO355The Fundamental Structure of the World20A (Hamilton)
Metaphysics is the philosophic 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 its joints, surgically or bluntly.
PHILO390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20D (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
This paper offers students an opportunity to undertake advanced research on a specific topic of philosophical interest.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HISTY516Historical Theories and Methods20A (Hamilton)
This paper prepares students for professional historical practice and higher study through an investigation of relevant historiographical theories and methodologies.
PHILO534The Philosophy of Language20B (Hamilton)
This paper deepens the students understanding of central topics in the philosophy of language. These include: the nature of linguistic meaning, the relation of meaning to truth and reference, what it is to know a language, the relation of language to thought, pragmatic aspects of linguistic communication, and scepticism about lingu...
PHILO560Special Topic: Philosophy of Religion20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
An examination of work in the cognitive science of religion with a focus on its implications for analytic philosophy of religion. Students will familiarize themselves with research in the cognitive science of religion that is relevant to core topics in philosophy of religion and critically evaluate the relationship between them. Th...
PHILO588Foundations of Philosophical Research20A (Hamilton)
In this paper we engage in focused analysis of a range of philosophical topics relevant to the research 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...
PHILO589Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20G (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
PHILO591Dissertation20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20D (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PHILO592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PHILO593Philosophy Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
PHILO594Philosophy Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHILO800Philosophy MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PHILO900Philosophy PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton) & 20X (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.

For more information about subject requirements please refer to the catalogue of papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: wfass@waikato.ac.nz

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