Philosophy and Human Relationships

Course code PHIL3460Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course involves discussion of philosophical issues raised by our relations to other people. Such issues may include: Does happiness depend on not caring only about oneself, and if so, why? What is love? Is love not love which alters when it alteration finds? How, if at all, does friendship differ from love, and is happiness possible it? What is the value, if any, of political participation, and involvement in wider society?

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
ObjectivesThe course aims to impart to students:
(1) knowledge and familiarity of the issues addressed and approaches taken by philosophers in dealing with our relations to other people.
(2) Critical skills to deal with these issues and employ these approaches in their thinking about their own relationships.
ContentLectures and tutorials focus on historical and contemporary treatments of issues relating to how we should relate to others. The course is divided into a number of distinct sections, each focusing on issues which may be selected from amongst the following: self-interest and others; the nature of love; friendship; relationships with strangers; social participation.
Replacing Course(s)na
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAt least 10 units of PHIL courses at 1000 level, or 40 units of any courses at any level.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo or more written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, short-answer assignments, or tutorial papers, all totaling 4500 words. 100%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHIL3460