Course Description

In the study of philosophy, you won’t always find answers, but you will learn how to ask good questions. As a Philosophy student you are invited to raise questions and debate them in a supportive environment and an atmosphere of lively curiosity.
In this course you’ll learn to question everything that is puzzling, disturbing, exciting and new. You’ll develop your critical and rational faculties, build your perspective for impartiality and fairness in considering the views of others, and foster a cautious, reflective attitude towards others in relation to your current opinions and beliefs.
To expand your knowledge and skills, you can combine Philosophy with another major such as History or Religion.
When you graduate, you’ll have the critical thinking, research and communication skills you need for a variety of career paths. You can also continue asking pressing questions in the form of further study and research.
As part of the Philosophy major, you will have the opportunity to explore varying facets of ethics, phenomenology, and existential aspects of the human condition. You will undertake core units in subjects such as ‘Critical and Creative Thinking’ and ‘Meaning and Interpretation’, and also have the opportunity to select electives in specialised areas of interest, including ‘Moral and Political Philosophy’ and ‘Ancient Greek Ideas’. Some of the more distinctive units that are popular among students within this major include ‘Existentialism’ and ‘Metaphors of Mind’.
Students with a degree in Philosophy are attractive to employers in the public sector and business. You will be valued for your ability to organise and analyse data, and draw clear, sound judgements. Studying Philosophy will give you an opportunity to study some of the most important yet least considered aspects of human life – the views we take of ourselves and the world, the assumptions they are based on, and the arguments that may justify them. In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena.

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at Murdoch University rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 79.7% (national average 75.7%)
Improved skills: 87.5% (national average 83.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 89.5% (national average 85.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Murdoch University. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at Murdoch University had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 62.5% (national average 61.3%)
Studying full time: 20.7% (national average 32.0%)
Median full time salary: $65,100 (national average $55,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.