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.


The assessment regime for units offered in flexible delivery mode will involve a series of tasks, each of which must be completed to a satisfactory standard before moving to the next. Students will have a right to attempt any task, except the exam, at least once, so there is the opportunity to learn and improve from less successful efforts. In most cases, marking will be completed within five to seven days of submission, so students will have rapid feedback on their progress.

Frequently Asked Questions

For general enquires to enrolments, unit materials, assessments, extensions, special consideration and exams please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact us if you would like further information:

Flexible Learning Program
Philosophy Department
Ph: (03) 9905 3222
Fax: (03) 9905 3221
Flexible Learning Program
Philosophy Department
Room W604A
Building 11
Monash University VIC 3800