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.

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MJ-A000048 (major)

MN-A000048 (minor)


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

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  • 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:

  • World Religions ASR100
  • Critical Thinking ASP108
  • Love, Sex and Death ASP129
  • 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:

  • Plato and Nietzsche ASP210
  • Freedom and Power: Existentialism and Beyond ASP211
  • Justice and Equality ASP214
  • Philosophy, Happiness, and the Good Life ASP215
  • Ethics in Global Society ASP216
  • Freud and Philosophy ASP224
  • Philosophy, Art, Film ASP228
  • Buddhist Studies in India ASP263
  • 20th Century French Philosophy ASP309
  • Language and Reality ASP326
  • Philosophies of Religion: Western, Asian, and Contemporary Inquiries ASP327