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Philosophy

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The Department

Chair of the Department: Jay Drydyk

Supervisor of Graduate Studies: Marvin Glass

The Department of Philosophy offers programs of study leading to the degree of Master of Arts.

Qualifying-Year Program

Applicants who do not hold an Honours degree (or the equivalent) will be required to register in a qualifying-year program before proceeding to the master's program.

The regulations governing the qualifying year are outlined in the General Regulations section of this Calendar.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to the master's program is an Honours B.A. degree (or the equivalent) in Philosophy, with at least B+ standing (or the equivalent). Qualifying-year and M.A. applicants from an institution other than Carleton University must submit two papers.

Program Requirements

The specific program requirements for master's candidates are the following:

  • PHIL 5800;
  • A thesis equivalent to 2.0 credits, which must be defended at an oral examination; or a research essay equivalent to 1.0 credit;
  • 2.0 credits (or 3.0 in the case of students following the research essay option), a minimum of 1.0 by tutorial, in at least three of the following study areas: studies in the history of philosophy; studies in the work of an individual philosopher; studies in logic, epistemology, or metaphysics; studies in selected problems in philosophy.

Guidelines for Completion of Master's Degree

Full-time students enrolled in the 5.0 credit M.A. program are expected to complete PHIL 5800 and 2.0 credits by the end of the second term of study. The thesis or research essay approval form should be submitted by the end of the fourth week of the third term of study. Those students choosing the research essay option should complete 1.0 additional credits by the end of the third term of study. All full-time students are expected to submit the thesis or research essay by the end of the fourth term of study.

Part-time students enrolled in the 5.0 credit M.A. program are expected to complete PHIL 5800 and 2.0 credits by the end of the third year of study. The thesis or research essay approval form should be submitted by the end of the second month of the fourth year of study. Those students choosing the research essay option should complete 1.0 additional credit by the end of the fourth year of study. All part-time students are expected to submit the thesis or research essay by the end of the fifth year of study.

Other Courses

A maximum of 1.0 credit may be selected from courses offered at the 4000-level, or in a related field, or at another university.

Each year, the department offers 4000-level undergraduate 0.5 credit courses, which are open to students in the qualifying year and, with permission, to students in the M.A. program. For courses offered in 2002-2003, please consult the Undergraduate Calendar.

Graduate Courses

Not all of the following courses are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings for 2003-2004 and to determine the term of offering, consult the Registration Instructions and Class Schedule booklet, published in the summer and also available online at www.carleton.ca/cu/programs/sched_dates/

Course Designation System

Carleton's course designation system has been restructured. The first entry of each course description below is the new alphanumeric Carleton course code, followed by its credit value in brackets. The old Carleton course number (in parentheses) is included for reference, where applicable.

Tutorial Courses

PHIL 5004 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.504)
Tutorial in the History of Philosophy I
Detailed study of a period or issue in the history of philosophy.
PHIL 5005 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.505)
Tutorial in the History of Philosophy II
Detailed study of a period or issue in the history of philosophy.
PHIL 5104 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.514)
Tutorial in the Work of an Individual Philosopher I
A critical and systematic study of the work of an individual philosopher.
PHIL 5105 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.515)
Tutorial in the Work of an Individual Philosopher II
A critical and systematic study of the work of an individual philosopher.
PHIL 5204 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.524)
Tutorial in Logic, Epistemology, or Metaphysics I
An attempt to find a solution to a specific problem in logic, epistemology, or metaphysics.
PHIL 5205 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.525)
Tutorial in Logic, Epistemology, or Metaphysics II
An attempt to find a solution to a specific problem in logic, epistemology, or metaphysics.
PHIL 5304 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.534)
Tutorial in Selected Problems of Philosophy I
An attempt to find a solution to a specific problem in some area other than logic, epistemology, or metaphysics.
PHIL 5305 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.535)
Tutorial in Selected Problems of Philosophy II
An attempt to find a solution to a specific problem in some area other than logic, epistemology, or metaphysics.

Seminar Courses

PHIL 5100 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.510)
Advanced Problems in Legal Philosophy
Studies in legal theory and analyses of law advanced by Hart, Dworkin, and others, and legal concepts: for example, principles, rights, duties, liability, etc. Precise course content will vary from year to year and will be announced at the beginning of the term. (Also listed as LAWS 5100.)
Prerequisites: PHIL 3101 and PHIL 3102 (LAWS 3101 and LAWS 3102), or permission of the relevant department.
PHIL 5200 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.520)
Seminar in Philosophy of Mind and/or Philosophical Semantics
A detailed study of an issue or the work of selected philosophers in the general area of philosophy of mind and/or philosophical semantics. Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as PHIL 4103 or PHIL 4104, for which additional credit is precluded.
PHIL 5300 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.530)
Seminar in Value Theory
A detailed study of an issue or the work of selected philosophers in the general area of value theory. Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as PHIL 4105 or PHIL 4106, for which additional credit is precluded.
PHIL 5400 [0.5 credit] (formerly 32.540)
Seminar in German Idealism, Its Influence and/or Reactions to It
A detailed study of an issue or the work of selected philosophers in the general area of German idealism, its influence and/or reactions to it. Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as PHIL 4006, for which additional credit is precluded.
PHIL 5800 [1.0 credit] (formerly 32.580)
Graduate Seminar
The first term will be devoted to a single issue or group of interrelated issues. In the second term, a variety of topics will be discussed. Issues covered in this course will vary from year to year.
PHIL 5908 [1.0 credit] (formerly 32.598)
Research Essay
PHIL 5909 [2.0 credits] (formerly 32.599)
M.A. Thesis
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