About this unit
This online unit, provided by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, will help you examine the skills and values you have gained through the study of philosophy, and consider how they can be taken forward into further study, professional development, and other areas of life.
The Philosophy Capstone unit provides you with the opportunity to consolidate the knowledge you have gained through the study of philosophy, to review the development of your skills, and to consider how your study of philosophy equips you for the next step in your career.
With a focus on what these skills and values mean in practice, you will examine a range of texts that illustrate the variety of philosophical approaches and represent the 'state of the art' writings and schools of thought in this field. You will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to unpack these texts, allowing you to develop your creative and analytical skills. You are also encouraged to develop philosophical values, such as intellectual humility and openness to the force of the better argument, which will prepare you for live philosophical debate.
OUA has done away with traditional semesters to give you the flexibility you need. Find out more.
Philosophy Capstone is a unit that ties all previous philosophy units together, and must be the last unit taken for this field of study.
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:
- Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this Philosophy Capstone unit, the topics you will study include:
- Introduction: what is a capstone unit?
- The analytical vs. continental divide
- Ethics and applied ethics stream: methods in moral philosophy – the case of evil
- Ethics and applied ethics stream: ethics and cognitive science
- Ethics and applied ethics stream: methods in political philosophy - ideal theory
- Social and continental philosophy stream: classical German philosophy and its contemporary significance
- Social and continental philosophy stream: contemporary critical theory
- Social and continental philosophy stream: analytical and continental aesthetics
- Mind, metaphysics and meaning stream: conceptual analysis and philosophical method
- Mind, metaphysics and meaning stream: science, naturalism and philosophy
- Mind, metaphysics and meaning stream: experimental philosophy
- Conclusion: a philosophical education
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.