MAKING OF THE MODERN WESTERN WORLD VIEW
Credit points: 15
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?
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorToula Diamanto Nicolacopoulos
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesIn 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. Read set passages from key texts, think about and answer a series of questions about the propositions they make. 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. 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.
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The passion of the western mind
Learning to Live: A User's Manual
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended
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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorToula Diamanto Nicolacopoulos
Collaborative Based LearningWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h 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
Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
George Vassilacopoulos will also be teaching
Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h unscheduled online class per week from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Task 1: Critical Reading Exercise (600 words)
Task 2: On-line Forum Discussion (1000 word equivalent)
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Task 3: Staged Essay Part One: Proposal and Bibliography (800 words)
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Task 4: Staged Essay Part Two: Essay (1600 words)
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