PHIL307 European Philosophy II: The 20th and 21st Centuries

Updated: 04 April 2017
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2018
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.

Pre-requisites 12cp in PHIL or any 48cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PHIL507
Notes None
Combined Units PHIL507 - European Philosophy II: The 20th and 21st Centuries
Coordinator(s) Adrian Walsh (
Unit Description

This unit traces the development of European philosophy in the 20th Century and into the 21st, starting with the existential approach of Heidegger and moving on to the subsequent developments in France associated with Sartre and Merleau-Ponty. As well as Phenomenology and Existentialism, it will explore later movements such as Hermeneutics, Structuralism/Post-structuralism and Post-modernist thought, through such figures as Derrida and Foucault. It will also explore the parallel development of Feminist philosophies within the European tradition, with a focus on the French philosophers de Beauvoir and Irigaray. Themes discussed will include the nature of Being, its relation to language and interpretation, the historicity and contingency of human life, and the nature of oppression.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the central ideas of key 20th and 21st century European philosophers and the key debates associated their writings;
  2. apply research and critical thinking skills and well developed judgement to engage critically with those ideas and debates; and
  3. demonstrate an ability to communicate difficult philosophical ideas and the arguments for them in a clear and coherent manner.