Worldviews, Nature and Morality

Course code PHIL3000Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesTo provide students with an understanding of (i) the different conceptions different religions have had of nature and humanity's place within nature; (ii) how these different conceptions have informed their different conceptions of humanity's responsibilities toward nature, and (iii) 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.
ContentThe 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)RELI3010
TransitionStudents who have completed RELI3010 will not be allowed to enrol in PHIL3000.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers or similar exercises, totalling 2000 - 2500 words, worth 60%
Examination: Take Home1500-2000 words, worth 40%.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHIL3000