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Reviews

This is a great foundational subject for those considering Philosophy as a major. It's also great as a breadth, and gives you the chance to explore important movements and ideas that led to our current conception of the Arts and even science.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

One of my favourites!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2016

Loved this subject. Sometimes lectures/tutorials were hit and miss but the content was so interesting and I really enjoyed doing the assignments. I also really liked the structure of the course as it didn't feel like the reading was a heavy as my other subjects and assignments usually focused on one or two readings so no further research required, which is where I find I waste a lot of time on when I am writing essays for other subjects. It was also just really cool to finally learn different philosophical concepts rather than just pretending that you know what things like 'metaphysics' and 'epistemology' is in front of your friends.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

A fantastic breadth subject and introduction to philosophy. Concepts were interesting and discussions in tutorials can be very engaging as well. There were long readings every week, but I found that it wasn't necessary to read all of it to understand the topics. Assessments were fair, although hard to get a very high mark. Apart from assessments and readings, there were no other extra work, so pretty minimal workload. Also, Peter Singer's (pretty famous philosopher) guest lectures on ethics was probably the most interesting. Highly recommend!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

A great introduction to philosophy with passionate lecturers. Getting a H1 is pretty hard. My tutor was quite opinionated and we spent tutorials arguing back and forth about the concepts. It was interesting but also quite emotionally exhausting as they continually pushed back against our points without positive feedback.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

The subject has a board content and there are only less than 20 pages reading each week, And you don't need to finish any reading to understand the lecture. (They are still related and will be very helpful for you to get a better understanding of what is the original philosophy work likes). There is a bonus worldly famous philosopher Peter singer as our guest lecturer in two weeks as well. Most of the content is interesting and there is an opportunity to get in touch with the most famous philosopher in the world in an introductory level course. Also, if you have go through the reading, the assessment is not hard at all. Overall, highly recommended.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

Interesting subject, and a good light look at a range of philosophical concepts. Readings are also pretty light, and marking is generous.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

I found almost all of the content really interesting, even in the readings which there were a lot of, but as long as you don't fall behind it's not too bad. The assignments were good and give you room to talk about what you find interesting whether it was mentioned in a lecture, a reading or from your own research, the tutes had some really useful discussions and debates and the lecturers were great to listen to.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

I did enjoy the content of the subject, however, I found the last part about informed consent a bit boring. I would say this is not really an ideal choice for someone looking for a less heavy duty subject and is not really a good essay writer. There are a lot of readings which are sometimes difficult to understand and requires you to re-read several times to really understand the philosophical argument being talked about. Tutorials were okay for me, my tutor was good but the students weren't that open and friendly and most of the time we were just sitting quietly. The main part I disliked about the subject was that we were not told as to how exactly structure the essay or what were they marking and kind of argument is considered good and strong and which is not. I usually received very vague feedback on my essays and it was never discussed in tute as what needs to be improved in general. I love philosophy but probably will not pick up a philosophy subject again.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

It's an interesting subject and one that is great if you have never done philosophy before, like me. The lecturers are knowledgeable and interesting (albeit, typically biased) and the tutorials were my favourites because they were full of interesting debates. Only downside is that the assignments were a bit tricky for me, because I did not agree with the theories we were supposed to write about and we could not use external resources. However, that is my only gripe.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018