PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS

PHI1PPR

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Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

This subject introduces some of the central problems that have captivated philosophers throughout millennia, as well as those that scientific advances and cultural changes have only recently brought to our attention. It is divided into three parts: In Part 1 Who Am I? we examine questions about the nature of the self, including: How can I be identical to my past selves? Do we have free will? What is the relationship between the mind and the body? Can a machine be conscious? In Part 2 What Do I Know? we examine questions about knowledge, including: Is it possible for one's religious and moral beliefs to constitute knowledge when other individuals and cultures disagree with these beliefs? What is knowledge exactly? Do sceptical arguments show us that we have no knowledge at all? Finally, in Part 3 What do we owe to others? we examine questions about morality, including: What makes an action moral or immoral? What are our moral obligations to other people, animals, and the environment?







SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYuri Cath

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe philosophy gym,PrescribedLaw, S. 2006HEADWAY

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Research, critically analyse and synthesise unfamiliar ideas and lines of argument, whilst also reflecting on their historical and cultural origins

Activities:
Essays, Journal exercises
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02. Employ rigorous and systematic methods in the resolution of complex philosophical problems

Activities:
Essays, Journal exercise on argument formulation
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Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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03. Work collaboratively to assess the merits of philosophical ideas and everyday beliefs taking into account the different perspectives and beliefs of group members

Activities:
Discussion seminars, peer review activities
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Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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04. Deliver a clear and effective oral exposition and discussion of a key philosophical issue, supported by appropriately designed visual aids.

Activities:
Video journal exercise, discussion seminars
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
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05. Write articulate, focused and well-structured essays in support of a philosophical claim

Activities:
Essays, journal exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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