Bachelor of Arts

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Unit set code

MJ-A310020 (major)

MN-A310020 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), 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 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.

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) 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:

ASP108Critical Thinking

ASP129Love, Sex and Death

ASP309Critique and Creativity: Contemporary French Philosophy

ASP326Language and Reality

Plus 4 units selected from:

ASP211Freedom and Power: Existentialism and Beyond

ASP214Justice and Equality

ASP215Philosophy, Happiness, and the Good Life

ASP216Ethics in Global Society

ASP228Philosophy, Art, Film

ASP299 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.

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