Philosophy Flexible Learning

Several philosophy units are offered in flexible/ OCL mode. Most of these units can be taken in any semester, including summer semester. These units use materials prepared specifically for flexible learning students and some are supported by introductory workshops.

For each unit there is a basic resource base of materials. These include a printed study guide, usually also a collection of readings and/or web-based resources. These materials have been prepared with distance education students in mind, so they are designed for students who will be working with very little face-to-face teaching. There is also a tutorial support service operating by phone  and email. The optional introductory workshops provide the only scheduled class times for the course and students are strongly encouraged to attend.

The intention is that the flexible learning program should make philosophy units available to students whose work or other commitments make it difficult for them to attend regular classes on campus. That is why there are no scheduled classes. The assessment program is also flexible; it can be adjusted in various ways to fit into a tight schedule. Students will need to be well organised and disciplined. You should expect to spend 12 to 15 hours per week on any unit. You will need to be highly motivated and capable of working independently. We will provide a good support structure, with fast responses to phone and email; but we will not provide a normal teaching program of lectures and tutorials.

Once you have completed your enrolment, your name will appear on our enrolment lists and we’ll write to you approximately two weeks prior to the start of semester. You can also contact the Flexible Learning Office or call in to Room W604A in Building 11 (Menzies) and we’ll have your study materials ready for you.

For some of the units there is a textbook that you’ll need to purchase and these will be available from the Monash Bookshop.

Once you have your materials and any textbooks that you need, you’re up and running and ready to make a start with the course. You will usually get access to the VLE/Moodle site one week before the start of semester.

About the program

Frequently asked questions

Contact us

Flexible Learning Program
Philosophy Department
Ph: (03) 9905 3222
Fax: (03) 9905 3221
Email: arts-phil-flex@monash.edu
Address: Room W604A, Building 11 (Menzies), Monash University VIC 3800