PHIL 328 Philosophy at Work

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. Through this subject you will examine a diverse series of case studies in which philosophical ideas, analyses and arguments have made a difference beyond the academy. You will be required to choose a current issue or worldly problem and to demonstrate how it could benefit from philosophical analysis. What is the problem? Why does it matter? To whom does it matter? What is holding back progress on the issue? How can philosophy help? To prepare you for this task you be acquainted with the wider world beyond academia and asked to reflect on how your philosophical skills and knowledge can be brought to bear on it.