This unit explores the fundamental philosophical questions which inform the whole of reality: What is existence? What is real and what is merely appearance? What is the relation between being and becoming? What are universals? What is change? How can something change and yet remain itself? What is the relationship between freedom and determinism? It will consider the ideas of key thinkers, ancient, medieval and modern, and examine the relevance of metaphysics today.

Unit code: AP2220C (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Delivery mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Communicate a developed understanding of the theories, assumptions and terminology of some important philosophies of first principles,


Identify the purpose and context of important texts in the history of metaphysics, and assess their implications;


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


Illustrate the significance of the topics and approaches of metaphysics for related areas in philosophical and theological enquiry


Set out a sustained critique of a philosophical position

Unit sequence

30 points of philosophy at first level


Lectures, discussions, In-class exercises


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2,000-word essay

2000 50.0

2-hour take-home examination


4 short essays comprising 2000 words total

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.

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-03 11:34:42 +1000