Philosophy, Minor (0028)

  • Western Sydney University Minor Code: 0028

Previous Code: SM1076.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Philosophy has always asked the “big questions” about our lives. These are questions, for example, about the limits of our knowledge, the best way that humans can live together, how we understand the world around us, and what is the good life. A philosophy minor will enable students to develop particular skills and attributes - such as clear thinking, capacities to assess arguments and values, sound understanding of important philosophical views that have always been essential to university scholarship, and which continue to be valuable for graduates in both public and private life.


Campus Mode Advice
Bankstown City Campus Internal
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal

Minor Structure

To complete a minor in Philosophy, students must complete 40 credit points. At least two subjects must come from the following four foundation subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
PHIL 3006Books that Changed how we Think10
PHIL 1001Ethics and Philosophy10
PHIL 1006Introduction to Philosophy10
PHIL 2014Thinkers That Changed the World10

Additional subjects to complete the minor can be chosen from the above four subjects, or from the following pool subjects.

Note: Not all subjects will be offered each year. Subjects will be offered on a rotational basis.

Subject Title Credit Points
Level 2 Subject Pool
HUMN 2011Ancient Western Culture: Periclean Athens10
PHIL 2010The Ethical Life10
PHIL 2015Thinking Cinema10
PHIL 2016Truth and Knowledge10
PHIL 2017Western Political Philosophy10
Level 3 Subject Pool
PHIL 3005Aesthetics10
PHIL 3008Classics of Modern Philosophy10
HUMN 3036Ethics in Historical Perspective10
LANG 3062Literature and Philosophy10
PHIL 3010Philosophies of Love and Death10
PHIL 3012Philosophy and Environment10
PHIL 3015Philosophy of History10
PHIL 3018Philosophy of Race and Racism10
PHIL 3016Philosophy of Religion10
HUMN 3084Theories of Conflict and Violence10
CULT 3021Theories of Authority10
PHIL 3019Thought and Action in Greece and Rome10
HUMN 3088Understanding Freedom10
HUMN 3090Understanding Power10
HUMN 3096What is the Human?10

Equivalent Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this minor for students who have passed these subjects in the list below in 2021 or earlier.

PHIL 3007 - Case Studies in Philosophy: Text
PHIL 2005 - Case Studies in Philosophy: Thinker
BEHV 3013 - Humanities Internship
PHIL 2006 - Key Philosophers
PHIL 2007 - Philosophy and Environment
PHIL 3014 - Philosophy in Focus
PHIL 2008 - Philosophy and the Good Life