Frequently Asked Questions

What does the MSCP do?
The MSCP teaches short courses during the summer and winter university holiday periods and evening courses during semester.  We also run single day research workshops in autumn and spring, organise reading groups and work to encourage and support philosophical thinking in the community.

When are the courses run?
The summer school is held over a 4-5 week period in January-February each year and usually consists of 8-10 courses. Each course runs for 10 hours.  Some courses run Monday to Friday with 2 hours of lectures per day.  Other courses run over 5 weeks, with 2 hours per week.  The winter school usually has 6-8 courses, with the same structure. Evening courses, run between the summer and winter schools, have variable lengths.

Where are the courses run?
The summer, winter and evening schools are held at the Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne, usually in the Law Building on Pelham st.  Specific room details are provided along with the details of each individual school.

What do the courses consist of?
Each short course tackles a single text, author or set of concepts in a seminar/lecture format. Some students ask a lot of questions, while others prefer to take notes or just listen.  The teacher will provide a set of online readings that can be accessed prior to the course, and usually will provide further handouts and suggested readings throughout the course.

Are the courses difficult?
The MSCP teaches tertiary-level courses - imagine an honours level or early grad level seminar.  The courses do not usually require any special background in philosophy, but all of our courses are about confronting difficult texts and concepts. 

How much do the courses cost?
The current price list for our Summer and Winter classes.

Courses Waged Unwaged
1 $120 $80
2 $180 $120
3 $210 $140
4+ $240 $160

Prices for evening sessions vary depending on their length.

Who teaches MSCP courses?
Our teachers are either philosophy academics, recent PhD graduates in philosophy or current postgraduate students working towards their PhDs in philosophy. All of our teachers are highly qualified and motivated.  The MSCP embraces a freedom to teach approach, and each course is proposed and created by the teacher.  This allows teachers to teach alongside their current research activities.  The teachers are paid at approximately academic rates.

How do I know what courses will be run?
Course information will be posted on our website well before the courses are due to begin. Join our mailing list to have this information emailed to you.

How do I enrol?
You can enrol online through our website. You can either pay online, pay by posting a cheque or money order, by direct deposit or in person.  

How can I pay?
When enrolling on-line you will be able to pay via paypal or with a credit card. You can also pay by direct deposit into our bank account, send us a cheque or money order or chose to pay in cash on the first day of classes. When enrolling you will be prompted to choose a method of payment and all the information you require will be given.

Who can attend the courses?
Anyone with an interest in learning can attend. There are no prerequisites and you need not belong to any University.

Do your courses have assessment?
No. 

Can I get credit at my University for completing an MSCP course?
No. Our students attend only with the intention to learn; however the courses may aid your current studies.

If I am travelling interstate or from overseas to attend a course can MSCP provide accommodation?
The MSCP does not organize accommodation for students, but there are a number of options for local accommodation.

During Summer and Winter Schools the UniMelb colleges can usually provide short term accommodation
http://www.colleges.unimelb.edu.au/about/casual-accommodation.html

Backpacker/Hostel Accommodation around Parkville
http://www.truelocal.com.au/find/hostels/vic/melbourne-city/parkville/

What is 'continental' philosophy?
‘Continental philosophy’ has a specific academic meaning, referring to the study of the European tradition of philosophy as represented by Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Lacan, Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Badiou, etc., but it also has a broader meaning, in the sense of western philosophy.  One reason that the MSCP was started was to provide an opportunity to teach subjects in the continental tradition that weren’t being taught in the universities.  Over time the C in our title has become less representative as the MSCP has outgrown any allegiance to academic border lines.  We now teach a wide variety of courses in continental philosophy, political philosophy, aesthetics, environmental philosophy and the history of philosophy.

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