Debating the Big Ideas


This course builds on the introduction provided by HUMA2010 to the foundational areas, themes or questions within the philosophy and religion disciplines, and the methods of study that are typically employed by them.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Critical understanding of key questions and positions within the disciplines of philosophy and religion

2. Skills in studying and analysing concepts and issues in the disciplines in question

3. Advanced competence interpreting the big ideas and debates within the disciplines in question

4. Communication and information technology skills appropriate to the presentation of concepts, issues, ideas and beliefs that are to be found in the disciplines in question.


The course focuses on some of the big ideas that have been perennially debated within the disciplines of philosophy and religion. These ideas may include the following: democracy, capitalism, theism and atheism, empiricism, globalism, life and death. It facilitates students' active participation in debating these ideas, in both oral and written forms, and promotes research skills in philosophical and/or religious method, which could serve as a platform for honours studies in subsequent years. 

Assumed Knowledge

The assumed knowledge for Bachelor of Arts students completing the Philosophy and Religion major is the successful completion of HUMA1010 and HUMA2010.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay 1

Essay: Essay 2

Contact Hours

Callaghan and On-Line from Callaghan

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term