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Very interesting subject, not difficult to understand if you follow content.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

[I did this unit online in session 3, 2018] I found this unit very interesting and easy. As long as you do the required activities, you'll get the full 20% for participation. The three quizzes (15% each) seem daunting, but are simple if you keep up with the work. The assignment is tough and very involved but if you've made sure you understand the content each week it's not too bad. Go back over each week's content a few times while writing the assignment so you don't miss anything. For a sense of the kinds of marks people can get, I got 94 and I didn't top the unit, so it's perfectly possible to do VERY well if you stay engaged. I think this is a very good unit regardless of your area of study, and I'd HIGHLY recommend it as your people unit if you're not already studying philosophy. It's applicable to anything you will go on to do because university is all about thinking critically and analysing what you read.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this first year unit. Convenor Albert teaches 100% of the assessable content within the weekly lectures, and conducts probably the best lectures I've ever been in. Highly engaging, open and interesting. Some concepts are harder than others, but the tutorials give substantial time to practise and ask questions. The online quizzes are fairly straightforward, though as the other student stated, the final assessments was in some areas, slightly confusing. Though it is evident among the forum that many overcomplicated the task. What's learned in PHL137 is applicable to virtually every facet of life, and learning about arguments in such a deconstructed manner will be invaluable in the workplace. Would definitely recommend as People unit.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

Well I have a lot to say about this unit. I took it because of the positive feedbacks and the content seemed pretty interesting and somewhat related to SPED102 (I really enjoyed this unit). The content was okay afterall cuz I'm not a fan of logic. But what makes me hate this unit is how the teaching staff organize it. The instructions were freaking inconsistent (it seemed like the tutors didn't even agree on what they should instruct their students on the assessment tasks), the slides and lecture notes were almost always posted late, which was such a pain for the ones who wanted to read through the content before attending the lecture. The inconsistent instructions and guidelines, especially on the final assignment, really gave my friend and I (and a lot of students, I believe, due to a huge amount of questions on the forums) a VERY HARD TIME before the exam week. But I really like Yves, a very dedicated tutor. His class was what made me feel like this unit was not that bad.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

Albert (lecturer) was one of kind. He was effortlessly funny, and somehow seemed like he gave zero fks and yet gave all that he could. Content helpful in life as well. Assignments not too challenging. Don't friggin' skip the lectures, go to them in person, it's so much better.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019

When I took this unit, I had Albert as my convener/lecturer. This unit is mostly the reason I decided to do a major in Philosophy. I was a very young/naive 18 year old, and I feel like I began to actually think about things. This unit is the most important unit I have ever done, as I have used the knowledge I learned from it for the past 6 years in so many ways I cannot even explain. This unit is fun, a good way to get into the vibe of university, and it is quite doable (not too hard)!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

Great introductory unit with critical reasoning skills that you can take into any future course or general life application. Interesting and fun as it looks at some logical questions, breaks down and explains logical fallacies. The final major essay expects you to put all this knowledge into use with a provided argument. All in all, the tutorials are fun and the lectures are engaging.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Loved this unit so much. I recommend it as a People unit to everyone. Lecturer was amazing, funny, communicated ideas very well and had a killer British accent too. Assessments took a bit of thought and planning, but I always felt well-prepared to handle them. Also, this unit helped me so much just in general everyday life. Put simply, this unit teaches you how to argue, and how to argue well. I'm a better communicator now because of this, better at assessing preemptively how my own claims may be refuted, and better at spotting the flaws in critical arguments. 10/10

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2013

Fairly easy but sometimes hard to get your head around certain concepts. You learn skills that can be utilised for most courses.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

This unit is helpful if you want to learn more about structuring arguments in essays, which is really useful for law. But the assessments are rather boring and tedious.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016