Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)

Course summary

The study of Philosophy at UOW teaches you how to think, not what to think. As lovers of wisdom, philosophers are deeply, personally invested in their quest for truth and enlightenment. There are no questions that philosophers will not consider.  How should we live and treat others? Do our lives have meaning? Does science have all the answers?  In studying philosophy at UOW you will explore the most fundamental topics, ask the deepest questions and –rigorously and systematically– scrutinize the answers given by the best minds down the ages.

Studying for a UOW degree in Philosophy will train you in logic and argumentation. It will enlarge and enrich your conception of what is possible. You will acquire the intellectual discipline needed to challenge the assumptions that frame the way we think about the world and how we should behave in it. You will learn to bring philosophical considerations to bear on practical problems in order to make informed decisions about important issues such as:  social justice; free speech; global poverty; climate change, animal welfare; humane psychotherapy; education and expertise.

A philosophical education is valuable in just about any line of work. It develops your persuasive powers; critical thinking, problem solving abilities; and communication skills. A 2016 report by the Foundation for Young Australians reveals that these skills are in great demand today in professions that require people who can stand back and think with an open mind. Past UOW Philosophy graduates have found work in such diverse careers as: administration; art and design; business development; community and social services; consulting; education; entrepreneurship; healthcare; human resources; IT; legal; management; media; program and project research.

What you will study

Core subjects will teach you about: ethics, politics, mind, self, knowledge, science, and the relevance of philosophy to the wider world and the workplace. Elective areas of study include media; art and society; logic; the meaning of life; philosophy in film and literature; global and environmental ethics; bioethics; political philosophy; narrative psychology and selfhood; imagination and emotion; health and happiness; and Eastern philosophy.

In addition to the Philosophy major you will choose a minor or a second major from the Bachelor of Arts offerings.

Course information

Study area

Arts & Humanities



Course Code




IB Score



3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent


On Campus



UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR Selection Rank of 70 or an IB of 24-25. This includes the effect of ATAR adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

You may be eligible for additional ATAR points, based on factors such as the subject areas you are studying, the area you live in (catchment), and equity and access schemes. Find out more about UOW's ATAR adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.


If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.


Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.


Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score





IELTS Academic






TOEFL (Internet-based)






UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.


Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.






On Campus

$12,408 (2018)

$74,448 (2018)

* Session fee(s) are for one session in 2018. The indicative total course tuition fee shown is an estimate based on normal course length and progression, and the 2018 tuition fee.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an auditionor individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



International students All other students.



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates




2018 Autumn


Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct):29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

2018 Spring


Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Evaluate complex issues and ideas about society and culture
2 Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in a variety of real-world professional contexts
3 Communicate concepts effectively to a range of audiences
4 Use digital and other technologies essential for careers and lifelong learning

All BA students will be able to demonstrate these outcomes which are common to each BA major. Each major also has major learning outcomes that are unique to that major and outlined on each major page. 

Course Structure

To qualify for award of this degree, a candidate must satisfactorily complete a total of at least 144 credit points, comprised of the following:

  1. At least one major study available in the Bachelor of Arts, outlined below (minimum 48 credit points and maximum 60 credit points);
  2. LHA 101 - Introduction to Arts and the Humanities (6 credit points). This subject is undertaken in the first session and is designed to provide students with the academic skills necessary to succeed at University. LHA 101 assists students to understand the structure of their degree, plan their study pathway, and plan for post-university careers. It introduces students to key concepts including critical thinking, digital literacy, academic integrity, effective communication and degree and career planning;
  3. A second major study (minimum 48 credit points and maximum 60 credit points) from within the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts (LHA), OR, a minor study (minimum of 24 credit points) from within LHA;
  4. Elective subjects offered in LHA, or other Faculties, to bring the total credit points to at least 144.


  • At least 24 credit points of subjects completed at the 300-level within the major must be at a pass mark or better;
  • Not more than 60 credit points can be taken in 100-level subjects.


Choosing a Major (Wollongong)

Students construct their Bachelor of Arts degree by selecting majors and minors. The degree offers majors in the disciplinary areas familiar from study at school, like History, English Literatures, and Languages. Other disciplinary areas that might not be as familiar include Philosophy, Sociology, International studies and Politics. The study of a discipline gives students skills a set of conceptual frameworks and a body of knowledge interpreted using those frameworks. For example, within the study of 'history', students learn how to research and write history, as well as how to read what historians have thought about the past.

The Bachelor of Arts also offers interdisciplinary studies. These are built around either a place (for example Australian Studies) or a theme (for example Indigenous Studies and Environmental Humanities). These areas reach across disciplines to illustrate different ways an issue can be explored.

Most majors offered in the Bachelor of Arts require at least 48 credit points although some require more (for example, those taking a Language as a Beginner). All majors require at least a pass in 24 credit points at 300 level from the subjects offered for the major.

Students taking two majors are only permitted to cross count one subject in both majors.

Students enrolled in this degree, must take at least one of the majors listed under the ‘BA Majors’ section of this handbook.

Choosing a Major (Bega, Batemans Bay, Southern Highlands & Shoalhaven)

For information on Bachelor of Arts majors offered at Bega, Batemans Bay, Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven campuses please see the separate entry on - Bachelor of Arts (Regional Campuses).

BA Majors

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts within the Faculty must take at least one of these majors:

Second Major

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts must also take either a second major or, alternatively a minor within LHA.

Students who wish to take a second major may choose from the list of BA majors above.

Alternatively, students may like to consider a major from another degree from the following list:


Most minors offered in the Bachelor of Arts consist of 24 credit points and require at least 12 credit points at 200 level or higher.

Minors appear on the transcript (i.e. academic record) but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students need to submit an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Students enrolled in this degree at Wollongong may choose from the following minors, with the full details of each available on a the LHA 2018 General Schedule of Minors page:

  • Ancient History
  • Animal Studies
  • Art History
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students
  • Chinese (Mandarin) for Non-Chinese Background Students
  • Creative Arts
  • Creative Production
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Design History
  • Digital and Social Media
  • English Language & Linguistics
  • English Literatures
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Ethics
  • European Studies
  • French
  • Game Production
  • Gender Studies
  • Global Screen Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Indonesian*
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Journalism 
  • Marketing Communication and Advertising
  • Media Arts
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Photography
  • Politics
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Technical Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

* Available by cross institutional study only

Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2018 General Schedule of Minors page.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Some Majors will have a specific internship subject available for students. Otherwise, students can consider CRLP200 (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.


See separate entry for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts Honours Handbook can be accessed as a PDF document from the Faculty Honours Students page.

Dean's Scholar Degree 

In January of each year, the Faculty invites applications from high achieving students to apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Arts Dean's Scholar Degree or Dean's Scholar Double Degrees.

Selection Criteria

To be eligible to apply for a place in the Bachelor of Arts Dean's Scholar Degree or Dean's Scholar Double Degrees, applicants would normally meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in the BA 702 or any other degree;
  • Full-time student;
  • Have successfully completed two full sessions of study or 8 subjects;
  • Have a WAM (weighted average mark) of at least 82.

For more information including the full list of Dean's Scholar Degrees and to how to apply online visit the LHA Dean's Scholar website.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Studying Arts and Humanities at UOW allows you to tailor your degree specifically to your interests. Our flexible options let you choose the direction your program takes, such as specialising in a philosophical, political, historical, international or creative discipline.  

At UOW, you will learn from leaders in their field – experts whose research is makes impact in the academy and beyond and which is recognized on world stage. Our academics are exploring philosophical and socio-political issues in health, science and technology, law and the environment and who research into such topics as the nature of mind, the vibrancy of language and their origins and the cultural impact of electronic technology.

Awards and Rankings

The federal government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2017 ranked UOW 1st in NSW and the ACT for Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences.

UOW is also rated in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 for English Language and Literature.

Career opportunities
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