KNOWLEDGE, INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY

PHI2KIS

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Think of all the different beliefs you hold about various matters. How many of these, if any, constitute genuine knowledge rather than mere opinion? What does this distinction amount to and why is it important? To what extent do the standards for what counts as knowledge depend on context? Can you know something without knowing that you know it? What makes a belief justified or reasonable? Is it ever reasonable to hold a belief if you have no evidence to support it? What is the value of knowledge in our individual lives and in society? These are some of the central questions in epistemology--the philosophical study of the nature, extent, and value, of knowledge and justified belief. In this course we will explore these and related questions using both historical and contemporary sources. Epistemological questions crop up absolutely everywhere--in science, the humanities, politics, religion, and everyday life--and this course will give you the tools to tackle such questions wherever you find them.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYuri Cath

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have 90cp at first year.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVariousPrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Research, critically analyse and synthesise unfamiliar ideas and lines of argument

Activities:
Essays, oral presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
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
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Employ rigorous and systematic methods in the resolution of complex philosophical problems

Activities:
Essays, oral presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

03. Work collaboratively towards the formulation of a shared position in relation to the defensibility of a philosophical idea, claim or argument taking into account the relevant views of group members

Activities:
Oral presentation, discussion seminar
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

04. Deliver a clear and effective oral exposition and discussion of a key philosophical issue, supported by appropriately designed visual aids

Activities:
Oral presentation, discussion seminar
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Write articulate, focused and well-structured essays in support of a philosophical claim

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

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYuri Cath

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Essay 1 1500 words30 01, 02, 05
Essay 2 2000 words50 01, 02, 05
Oral presentation (600 word equivalent)20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05