Bachelor of Arts


Unit Set Code

MJ-A000048 (major)

MN-A000048 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)


Doing Philosophy not only involves asking the big questions, it teaches important skills. Philosophy at Deakin asks questions about the nature of reality, truth and knowledge, meaning, the existence of God, personal identity, the good in ethical and political life, and the value and power of art. At the same time, it fosters the development of skills in critical and creative thinking, argumentation, communication, problem-solving and research. Deakin Philosophy prides itself on applying philosophical concepts to our contemporary world and maintaining a pluralistic and cross-cultural outlook that embraces Eastern philosophy, psychoanalysis, pragmatism, analytic philosophy and continental European philosophy.

Career outcomes

The kinds of skills taught in Philosophy lend themselves to careers in law, journalism, education, politics, policy analysis, intelligence, management, marketing, publishing and research. Clear thinking and the ability to analyse multiple perspectives is an indispensable skill in our global society, as is the ability to identify and succinctly articulate the core ideas in different cultural perspectives.


  • To complete a Major sequence in Philosophy select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Philosophy select any four (4) units from below, including no more than two (2) credit points at level 3

Complete 2 units from level 1, selected from:

ASP108Critical Thinking

ASP129Love, Sex and Death

ASR100World Religions

Select 6 credit points with at least 2 credit points at level 2 and at least 2 credit points at level 3 from the following:

ASP210 Plato and Nietzsche [No longer available for enrolment]

ASP211Freedom and Power: Existentialism and Beyond

ASP214Justice and Equality

ASP215Philosophy, Happiness, and the Good Life

ASP216Ethics in Global Society

ASP224Freud and Philosophy

ASP228Philosophy, Art, Film

ASP263 Buddhist Studies in India [No longer available for enrolment]

ASP309Critique and Creativity: Contemporary French Philosophy

ASP326Language and Reality

ASP327 Philosophies of Religion: Western, Asian, and Contemporary Inquiries [No longer available for enrolment]