Debating the Big Ideas

Course code HUMA3010Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course builds on the introduction provided by HUMA2010 to the foundational areas, themes or questions within the philosophy, religion and theology disciplines, and the methods of study that are typically employed by them. This course is a compulsory part of the Philosophy and Religion major within the Bachelor of Arts.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. Critical understanding of key questions and positions within the disciplines of philosophy, religion and theology
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.
ContentThe course focuses on some of the big ideas that have been perennially debated within the disciplines of philosophy, religion and theology. 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, religious, and/or theological method, which could serve as a platform for honours studies in subsequent years.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThe assumed knowledge for Bachelor of Arts students completing the Philosophy and Religion major is the successful completion of HUMA1010 and HUMA2010.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssays amounting to 7000 words in total, 100%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HUMA3010