Understanding Western Civilisation

Course code PHIL1080Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The course gives students a broad overview of the key ideas and values of Western Civilisation. Topics to be covered may include: The ideas and values of the Enlightenment, the foundations of liberalism and democracy, the core ideas of Darwin's Origin of Species and its religious and philosophical impact, Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, Socialist, Marxist and other alternatives to free market values, Empiricism, Rationalism, scientific method, Karl Popper, Liberalism, tolerance, cultural diversity, problems with liberalism and its alternatives: e.g. authoritarianism, theocracy.

Available in 2015

On-Line from CallaghanSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives(1) Impart to students familiarity with, and knowledge of, the main issues addressed and approaches taken by the foundational philosophers and thinkers of Western Civilisation.
(2) Impart to students critical skills to deal with these issues in their assessment of their own culture and societal life.
(3) Develop high level written and oral skills in analysing and presenting issues in fundamental philosophical and value concepts of Western and other civilisations.
(4) Develop a capacity to appreciate these fundamental issues involved in how people approach ways of living and their stance to the world around them.
ContentThe course covers the key ideas and values of Western Civilisation. Topics to be covered include: The ideas and values of the Enlightenment, the foundations of liberalism and democracy, the social, religious and philosophical impact of Darwin's Origin of Species, Adam Smith and The Wealth of Nations, free market values, Socialist, Marxist and other alternatives to the free market, Empiricism, Rationalism and scientific method, Liberalism, tolerance and cultural diversity, problems with liberalism and its alternatives: e.g. authoritarianism, theocracy.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNot to count with PHIL1070.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1 - 20%. 800 words. Due week 6
Essay 2- 30%. 1200 words. Due week 10
Essay 3- 50%. 2000 words. Due end of semester.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHIL1080