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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesIdentify 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.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Complete of 30 credit points subjects in the course


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse and interpret the arguments in philosophical texts.
02. Critically review philosophical ideas demonstrating understanding of their relevance or application to a contemporary problem or social issue.
03. Locate and evaluate the competing philosophical arguments for a position, demonstrating understanding of the contexts in which the arguments arose.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Winter semester, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Class requirements

Block ModeWeek: 27 - 28
One 3.00 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 ClassWeek: 27 - 28
One 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per day on any day including weekend during the day from week 27 to week 28 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online Activities (1000 word equivalent) Assessment includes blog posts, replies to other students posts and quizzes.

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1

Critical Article Review (1000 words) Based on a choice from four secondary source readings in the subjects required readings.

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2

Research essay (2000) Questions and instructions will be provided to students via the LMS.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO3