Philosophy 2

Course code EPHUMA250Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

Introduces students to philosophy through the study of two central areas of philosophical interest: metaphysics and ethics. A basic level of knowledge of core philosophical concepts and skills is provided along with development of a wider set of necessary skills for university study, including academic reading, writing and research skills. Exploration of individual beliefs and mutual respect for the diversity of viewpoints across individuals and cultures is encouraged through discussion.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesUpon successful completion, students should be able to demonstrate:

1. a basic familiarity with the fundamental issues, concepts and arguments in metaphysics and ethics;

2. an awareness of the difference between mere opinion and reasoned belief and a recognition of, and respect for, competing points of view;

3. a basic competence in the reading of academic texts and a capacity to integrate reading of texts with material presented in lectures;

4. a basic competence in critical thinking and essay writing skills, including the use of argument, organisation of ideas and the use and acknowledgement of primary and secondary literature sources;

5. a basic competence in research skills, including the use of libraries.
ContentThe course covers:

1. Metaphysics:
1.1 The nature and purpose of metaphysics;
1.2 Topics in metaphysics which may include: the mind/body problem; life after death; the existence of God.

2. Ethics:
2.1 Nature and purpose of ethics;
2.2 Introduction to basic ethical theories;
2.3 Case study: Application of ethical theories and arguments;
2.4 Arguments concerning relevant ethical theories.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEPHUMA150 Philosophy 1
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMetaphysics Essay,800- 1000 words, 20%
Develops basic essay-writing and research skills, including organisation of ideas, expression, referencing and the use of argument. Demonstrates an understanding of relevant metaphysical issues.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEthics Essay, 1500 words, 30%
Develops basic essay-writing and research skills, including organisation of ideas, expression, referencing and the use of argument. Demonstrates an understanding of relevant ethical issues.
Examination: FormalFinal Examination, 2 hours, 45%
Demonstrates understanding of metaphysical and ethical issues and basic competence in essay-writing and argument skills. Assesses overall proficiency in the course.
Quiz - ClassReviews basic concepts and theories in metaphysics :5%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EPHUMA250