Worldviews, Nature and Morality

Description

This course examines the different ways in which different religions conceive nature, humanity's place within nature, humanity's responsibilities toward nature, and the extent to which these differing religious conceptions resonate with those of modern science.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the different conceptions different religions have had of nature and humanity's place within nature.

2. Have an understanding of how these different conceptions have informed their different conceptions of humanity's responsibilities toward nature,

3. Understand the extent to which these differing religious conceptions resonate with modern scientific conceptions of nature, humanity's place within nature and humanity's responsibilities toward nature.

Content

The religious conceptions of nature, humanity's place within nature and humanity's responsibilities toward nature covered include the Judeo-Christian, Islamic, Australian Aboriginal, Native Hawaiian, Native American, Hindu, Buddhist and Deep Ecological.

The course content will not only appeal to students with an interest in the human-nature relationship and the role religious beliefs have played in both defining and managing this relationship, but to any student who has ever pondered the questions 'What is human nature' and 'What does it mean to be human?'

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): RELI3010. Students who have successfully completed RELI3010 are not eligible to enrol in PHIL3000.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Minor Assignments

Essay: Major Essay

Contact Hours

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term