In this course, our goal will be to learn how to do philosophy by examining some of the central problems of Western and Eastern philosophical traditions. We will be particularly interested in the methods of argumentation that people have used in attempting to grapple with fundamental questions concerning the nature of human existence. In so doing, students will develop analytical skills that can be used in many other areas. We'll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is - what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then we'll spend the rest of the course gaining an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Acquire knowledge of some core philosophical problems;
- State and provide reasons for some central philosophical responses to these problems; and
- Develop basic skills in philosophical reasoning which will enable them to critically examine positions and arguments at a level appropriate for a first year introductory course.
Tutorial Participation 10% LO 2,3
First Essay, 1000 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3
Second Essay, 1500 words (30%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3
Final Examination, held during the formal exam period, 2 hrs (40%) Learning outcomes 2, 3
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Prescribed TextsAll relevant course materials will be made available on wattle
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|2053||25 Feb 2019||04 Mar 2019||31 Mar 2019||31 May 2019||In Person|