MAKING OF THE MODERN WESTERN WORLD VIEW

PHI2MMW

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

Focusing on major themes in the intellectual development of the Western world, from Greek metaphysics and ethics, through Christian theology to Modern (17-19 century) scientific, political, ecological or aesthetic understandings of our place and responsibilities in the wider world, we will investigate ideas that continue to inform and guide much contemporary thinking on the social, economic, or environmental challenges of our times, such as, living well, happiness, justice,freedom, knowledge and the power to produce change in the world. We will consider differences in approach, including competing empiricist, rationalist or idealist assumptions that underpin our knowledge claims, as well as the choices that these differences enable and their consequent impact on the public good now and in the future. We will ask: how might an appreciation of the historical emergence of such ideas assist us in reflecting on our responsibilities in relation to the demands of our times?

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorToula Nicolacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLearning to Live: A User's ManualRecommendedFerry, L. 2012CANONGATE
ReadingsThe passion of the western mind,RecommendedTarnas, R. 1991BALLANTINE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify the cultural context of production of a text from the history of philosophy, compare the former to current times and ideas.

Activities:
In forum posts and replies identify ideas or claims in the set texts that you believe reveal the author's western European perspective. In group discussion consider their relevance today.
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02. Identify the underlying issues in a complex problem or controversial debate and analyse its structure.

Activities:
Read set passages from key texts, think about and answer a series of questions about the propositions they make.
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03. Locate and review an unfamiliar idea or line of argument in the light of your understanding of the intellectual context in which it was formulated and analyse it in relationship to other relevant ideas.

Activities:
Choose a writing activity from the LMS subject resources, think about the question, re-read the relevant set text, conduct a library/internet search of relevant secondary sources and plan your own response.
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Literacies and Communication Skills
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04. Write a sustained defence of a philosophical claim based on your critical assessment of a philosophical problem raised in a text from the history of philosophy.

Activities:
Choose one of the main research topics, read the set text, think about and discuss a philosophical claim and objections to it in the light of its historical assumptions, presuppositions or implications.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
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Personal and Professional Skills
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Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorToula Nicolacopoulos

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Collaborative Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Week 4 and Week 6 Face to face ; the remainder on line"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Task 1: Critical Reading Exercise (600 words)15 02
Task 2: On-line Forum Discusison (1000 word equivalent)25 01, 02, 03
Task 3: Staged Essay Part One: Proposal and Bibliography (800 words)20 01, 02, 03
Task 4: Staged Essay Part Two: Essay (1600 words)40 02, 03, 04