PHIL100 - Philosophy: the Big Questions
Teaching Organisation: This unit involves 150 hours of focused learning, or the equivalent of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. The total includes formally structured learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, online learning. The remaining hours typically involve reading, research, and the preparation of tasks for assessment.
This unit introduces the student to philosophy through immersion in some central philosophical problems, and in the process providing a grounding in basic philosophical method. Key problems and debates are sketched focusing on the areas of metaphysics, epistemology and critical thinking. Selected other ‘big philosophical questions’ are also introduced, drawing on fields such as the philosophy of religion, philosophical anthropology and value theory. The emphasis throughout is on student engagement with the issues.
The unit aims to assist students to develop an understanding of key philosophical concepts and theories that allow them to reflect on their beliefs and assumptions, and to engage with the views of others. It also looks to enhance students’ skills in critical reflection on experience, the analysis of arguments, and the formulation and communication of coherent positions of their own.