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This unit is devoted to the systematic examination of the basic presuppositions, concepts and theoretical frameworks that have shaped the Western philosophical understanding of the human person as individual and socio-political. The topics covered in this unit include nature, agency and subjectivity, bodiliness, sexual difference, the personal capacity for transcendence; the basis, purpose and structure of the state’s authority; liberalism and distributive justice. A number of contemporary approaches to the understanding of human nature will be discussed in relation to the human person as a moral and social subject.

Unit code: AP1002C (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Explain the theories, assumptions and terminology of some important theories of human nature and purpose

2.

Identify the purpose and context of selected philosophical texts studied in the unit and assess their implications

3.

Situate the topics studied within the wider framework of the western intellectual tradition

4.

Critique a philosophical position

Pedagogy

Lectures, Tutorials, Seminars

Indicative Bibliography

  • Cahn, Stephen M., ed. Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Dupre, Louis. Transcendent Selfhood: The Loss and Recovery of the Inner Life. New York: Seabury, 1976.
  • Goodin, Robert E., and Philip Pettit, eds. A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy. Oxford: Blackwell, 1995.
  • Hampton, Jean E. Political Philosophy. Dimensions of Philosophy. Boulder: Westview, 1997.
  • Knowles, Dudley. Political Philosophy. Fundamentals of Philosophy. London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Rawls, John. Justice as Fairness: A Restatement. Edited by Erin Kelly. Cambridge: Belknap, 2001.
  • Scheler, Max. Man’s Place in Nature. Translated and introduced by H. Meyerhoff. Boston: Beacon Press, 1961.
  • Stevenson, L. The Study of Human Nature: A Reader. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Taylor, Charles. Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity. New Haven: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
  • Trigg, Roger. Ideas of Human Nature: A Historical Introduction. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1

Essay

500-word Essay

One of the variations set out here is chosen by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, in conjunction with the Dean, and is published in the unit outline. The lecturer may choose different variations for different levels in the same unit. Students may have choices within a given variation, but are not able to make choices outside that set variation.

500 12.0
Essay

1,500-word Essay

1500 38.0
Essay

10 x 200-word assignments

2000 50.0

Variant 2

Essay

500 word essay

One of the variations set out here is chosen by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, in conjunction with the Dean, and is published in the unit outline. The lecturer may choose different variations for different levels in the same unit. Students may have choices within a given variation, but are not able to make choices outside that set variation.

500 12.0
Essay

1500 word essay

1500 38.0
Written Examination

2-hour written examination (2,000 words)

2000 50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:46 +1100