PHILOSOPHICAL CONTROVERSIES AND METHODS

PHI3PCM

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject enables you to study one particular tradition of thought, philosophical controversy and/or method of analysis or critical inquiry. This year students will study ideas drawn from the Existentialist tradition and selected from the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre, Martin Heidegger, Soren Kierkegaard or Paul Tillich. Examples include temporality, the body as being-for-itself and being-for-others, freedom, anxiety,death, the centrality of mood, the meaning of life and the courage to be.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Complete of 30 credit points subjects in the course

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse and interpret the arguments in philosophical texts.

Activities:
Identify and make a note of one idea or claim in the set texts that you believe reveals the authors' view on the question, use your notes to prepare a blog post and compare your impression with those of the others in the group.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Critically review philosophical ideas demonstrating understanding of their relevance or application to a contemporary problem or social issue.

Activities:
Choose one of the discussion questions from LMS subject resources, think about the question, re-read the relevant set text, conduct a library/internet search, write your own response and then critique another view based on your response.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Locate and evaluate the competing philosophical arguments for a position, demonstrating understanding of the contexts in which the arguments arose.

Activities:
After reading the assigned passage, identify the main argument and set out its premises and conclusion in standard form.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Winter semester, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 27 - 28
One 3.0 hours block mode other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 27 to week 28 and delivered via blended.
"Monday to Thursday 10am-1pm"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 27 - 28
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per day on any day including weekend during the day from week 27 to week 28 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online Activities (1000 word equivalent)Assessment includes blog posts, replies to other students posts and quizzes.25 01
Critical Article Review (1000 words)Based on a choice from four secondary source readings in the subjects required readings.25 02
Research essay (2000) Questions and instructions will be provided to students via the LMS.50 03