God, Mind and Knowledge
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One of my favourite units in first year. Everything is formatted in a really interesting and easy to understand way. The readings were interesting and the quizzes were easy as long as you did the work. The essay was marked super harshly but is made up for by the easy marking in the exam. Highly recommend!
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019
Rubin is one of the great lecturers at UWA. Any unit run by him is well organised and he breaks down some difficult topics into easy to understand chunks.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017
God, Mind and Knowledge, though it runs in the second half of the year, is probably the unit which best introduces students to the field of philosophy as a whole. The unit is divided into three components, as the name suggests. Not necessarily in this order, students will look at (1) arguments for and against the existence of God; (2) problems to do with the limits of human knowledge, with a focus on David Hume’s infamous problem of induction; and (3) get an overview of the dialectic in the the philosophy of mind, with a focus on problems of identity. These topics address some of the biggest questions in the history of philosophy. A great place to start for any philosophy student.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2016
Michael Rubin is a fantastic lecturer and unit coordinator. He is able to explain difficult concepts and he makes the lectures fun and worthwhile.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017
The readings are long & not overly interesting. However, when combined with the lectures, they provide good knowledge of each individual topic. The workshops were not useful, but they were also not compulsory. I wouldn’t recommend this unit unless you are really interested in these areas of philosophy.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018
The content covered in PHIL1003 is extremely interesting, and was presented quite well. The various topics were presented by four different lecturers, which was certainly a strength of the unit, in that each lecturer was well-versed in their field, and thus able to cover topics in good depth. Feedback on essays was also delivered speedily and in depth. Two hours per week of contact time is (unfortunately) the standard for first-year arts subjects, and given this time was usual spent in the company of 30–35 other students, it is a bit of a stretch to claim that classes were tutorials. Periods of time were set aside for impromptu discussions; however, these were generally dominated by no more than ten people, as is to be expected.