Philosophical Foundations of Research

BUS80023 12.5 Credit Points per subject Hawthorn


  • One semester or equivalent 

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21


Enrolment in Integrated Phd

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to engage Higher Degree Research (HDR) students in examining the philosophical premises on which their research may be founded, and examines assumptions and theories that can inform a conceptual framework guiding the students in the formulation of their research questions and hypotheses. Its discussions and assessment activities explore foundational theoretical and practical considerations in research design, to: inform further decisions in research method selection; illustrate good practice in developing the main argument of an HDR thesis; and articulate the relative significance of a research study’s contribution to knowledge, with a view to increasing its chances of publication..
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate different epistemological, ontological and axiological perspectives informing research in the business and law fields;
2. Critically evaluate methodological issues associated with at least two different research paradigms as developed in the business and law fields;
3. Apply advanced knowledge to present and defend a philosophically informed argument supporting their methodological rationale and the contribution of their research to knowledge in the business and law fields; and
4. Apply advanced and coherent knowledge of significance and novelty criteria in business and law research, with a view to enhancing their quality publishing potential.  

Courses with unit

a unit in the integrated Honours and PHD offered through Swinburne Research