Philosophy (Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts)



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 mind, 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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Unit set code

MJ-A310020 (major)

MN-A310020 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), 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) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 4 units from:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Love, Sex and Death
  • Critique and Creativity: Contemporary French Philosophy
  • Language and Reality
  • Plus 4 units selected from:

  • Freedom and Power: Existentialism and Beyond
  • Justice and Equality
  • Philosophy, Happiness, and the Good Life
  • Ethics in Global Society
  • Philosophy, Art, Film
  • Minds in Action: Philosophy of Human and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • ASP224 Freud and Philosophy [No longer available for enrolment]

    Note: A study tour program is available as part of this major sequence. Please contact the Course Director for further information.