- What kind of world do we live in?
- Is there a God?
- Is there an external world?
- What kind of life should we live?
- Do human beings act freely?
- Where do moral obligations come from?
- How do we construct a just society?
- Where does knowledge come from and what are the limitations of our knowledge?
- Do the results of quantum mechanics force us to view our relations to objects differently?
- Do animals have rights?
- What is the justification for using military force?
- Is euthanasia morally wrong?
- What kind of research ethics should medical professionals observe in their research?
To graduate, students must complete two categories of requirements, totaling at least 128 Academic Units (AUs):
A. Major Requirements (66 AUs)
B. Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC)
- Common Core (17 AUs)
- Foundational Core (10 AUs)
C. Broadening & Deepening Electives (35 AUs)
|Curriculum Structure | AY2021-2022 Intake|
|A. Major Requirements||B. Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC)||C. Broadening & Deepening Electives (BDE)||Total (AUs)|
|Core||Prescribed Electives||FYP or Two HY4000 level courses||Common Cores||Foundational Cores|
Duration of study
The curriculum is designed as a four-year course. Well-prepared students can complete the degree in three and a half years.
A. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (66 AUs)
The requirements for a Philosophy major consist of 3 components:
A1. Philosophy Core Courses (21 AUs)
A2. Philosophy Prescribed Electives (37 AUs)
A3. Graduation Project (FYP) or 2 HY4000 level courses (8 AUs)
(The two HY4000 level courses are for those who are not eligible to do FYP.)
A1. Philosophy Core (Compulsory) Courses (21 AUs)
|Course Code and Title||AUs|
|HY1001 Introduction to Philosophy||3|
HY1002 Symbolic Logic (Previous title - Logic and Paradoxes)
|HY2002 Moral Philosophy||3|
HY2003 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
HY2005 Political Philosophy (Previous title - Justice, Society, and the State) OR HY2010 Ancient Philosophy (Previous title - Ancient Philosophy: The Examined Life)
HY2012 Early Modern Philosophy (Previous title - Modern Philosophy: Reason and Experience) OR HY3011 Philosophy of Mind (Previous title - Minds and Machines)
HY3010 Philosophy of Science OR HY3012 Philosophy of Technology OR HY3018 Epistemology
- Philosophy major must take ONE of HY2005 Political Philosophy OR HY2010 Ancient Philosophy
- Philosophy major must take ONE of HY2012 Early Modern Philosophy OR HY3011 Philosophy of Mind
- Philosophy major must take ONE of HY3010 Philosophy of Science OR HY3012 Philosophy of Technology OR HY3018 Epistemology
A2. Philosophy Prescribed Electives Courses (37 AUs)
|Category A: Prescribed Electives|
|Choose 7 courses – At least FOUR (4) from HY4000 level courses||AUs|
|HY2015||Philosophy of Well-Being||3|
|HY2027||Popular Culture and Philosophy||3|
|HY2903||Introduction to Chinese Philosophy||3|
|HY2912||Early Modern Philosophy||3|
|HY3002||Philosophy of Medicine||3|
|HY3004||Reason and Faith||3|
|HY3011||Philosophy of Mind ||3|
|HY3014||19th Century Continental Philosophy||3|
|HY3015||20th Century Continental Philosophy||3|
|HY3021||Philosophy of Race and Gender||3|
|HY3022||Comparative Philosophy: East and West||3|
|HY3025||Philosophy and Literature||3|
|HY3910||Philosophy of Science||3|
|HY3911||Philosophy of Mind||3|
|HY3912||Philosophy of Technology||3|
|HY4002||Knowledge and Reality||4|
|HY4005||History of Analytic Philosophy||4|
|HY4006||Philosophy of Physics||4|
|HY4008||Advanced Moral Philosophy||4|
|HY4009||Value Theory ||4|
|HY4013||Language and Being||4|
|HY4025||Ethics and Public Policy||4|
|HY4110||Special Topics in Philosophy of Science||4|
|HY4111||Special Topics in Ethics||4|
|HY4112||Special Topics in Philosophy||4|
|HY4113||Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy||4|
|HY4114||Special Topics in Logic||4|
|HY4118||Independent Study I||4|
|HY4119||Independent Study II||4|
|HY4120||Special Topics in Philosophy of Science II||4|
|HY4121||Special Topics in Ethics II||4|
|HY4122 ||Special Topics in Philosophy II||4|
|HY4123 ||Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy II||4|
|HY4124||Special Topics in Logic II||4|
|HY4130||Special Topics in Philosophy of Science III||4|
|HY4131||Special Topics in Ethics III||4|
|HY4132||Special Topics in Philosophy III||4|
|HY4133||Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy III||4|
|HY4134||Philosophical Issues of Confucianism||4|
|Category B: Interdisciplinary Prescribed Electives|
|Choose 4 courses||AUs|
|HC3002||History of Chinese Thought||3|
|HA1001||Introduction to International Relations and Foreign Policy||3|
|HA1002||Introduction to Political Theory||3|
|HA2005 ||Contemporary Political Theory||3|
|HA2011||Cost-Benefit Analysis in Public Policy||3|
|HA3001||Political Analysis of Public Policy||3|
|HA3022||The Origins of Modern Political Theory||3|
|HA4013||Advanced Topics in Democratic Theory: Democracy & Division||4|
|HA4019||Methods in Political Theory||4|
|HA4033||Political Theory and Psychoanalysis||4|
|HA4041||Film & Political Theory||4|
|HG1001||Fundamentals of Linguistics (A): Mind and Meaning||3|
|HG2002||Semantics and Pragmatics||3|
|HG2023||Language and Gender||3|
|HG4011||Language and the Brain||4|
|HH1002||Asia-Pacific in Global History: Pre-1800||3|
|HH2007||Health and Illness in History||3|
|HH2021||Race, Gender, Class and Colonial Power||3|
|HH3013 ||Comparative History of Race Science||3|
|HH3016 ||History of Madness||3|
|HH3032||Science and Religion in History||3|
|HH4005||Culture and Heritage: Perspectives from History||4|
|HL1001||Introduction to the Study of Literature||3|
|HL2007||Contemporary Literature and Culture||3|
|HL2024||Approaches to Literature||3|
|HL3002||Film, Politics, and Ethics||3|
|HL3003||Film & Literature||3|
|HL3012||The Discourse of Love||3|
|HL3038||Theatre of the Absurd||3|
|HL3016||Gender and Sexuality Studies||3|
|HL4028||Science and Literature||4|
|HL4042||Being Human in Film and Literature||4|
|HS1001||Person and Society||3|
|HS1003||Social Problems in a Global Context||3|
|HS2003||Economy and Society||3|
|HS2004||Culture, Self, and Identity||3|
|HS2019 ||Science, Technology, and Society ||3|
|HS3011||Power, Politics and the State||3|
|MH1300||Foundations of Mathematics||4|
|MH2500||Probability and Introduction to Statistics||4|
|PH2101||Quantum Mechanics I||3|
|PH3101||Quantum Mechanics II||3|
A3: HY4099 Graduation Project (FYP) or TWO (2) HY4000 level courses (8 AUs)
You can find more information about FYP here. FYP is compulsory for students with a CGPA of 3.90 and above. Those within holding band of 3.75 - 3.89 are allowed to opt-in to do FYP. Students who are not eligible for FYP must read TWO (2) additional HY4000 level courses to fulfil the 8 AUs requirement. To obtain a Honours (Highest Distinction) or Honours (Distinction), students have to read and complete FYP.
B. OTHER REQUIREMENTS (62 AUs)
- ICC-Common Core (17 AUs)
|Inquiry and Communication in an Interdisciplinary World||2|
|Navigating the Digital World||2|
|Ethics & Civics in a Multi-Cultural World||2|
|Career and Entrepreneurial Development for the Future World||2|
|Science & Technology for Humanity||3|
|Sustainability: Society, Economy & Environment||3|
|Healthy Living & Well-being||3|
- ICC-Foundational Core (10 AUs)
|Effective Communication II||2|
|Digital Literacy II||3|
- Broadening & Deepening Electives (35 AUs)
There are no restrictions on the selection of courses to make up broadening & deepening electives. Students can choose any of the following:
- Complete a 2nd Major.
- Complete a Minor in another discipline.
- Earn AUs under an International Exchange programme.
- Any course offered by any School as long as the pre-requisites are satisfied.