Content

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: AP8002C (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Demonstrate a broad and sophisticated understanding of the theories, assumptions and terminology relating to the human person or a political philosophy studied in the unit

2.

Identify and describe the purpose, context and intention of selected philosophical texts, and rigorously assess their implications

3.

Situate and comprehend the understanding of the person or the political theory of the state studied within the wider framework of the western intellectual tradition

4.

Explain the significance of a philosophical theory of the person or the political theory of the state) and critically evaluate it

5.

Demonstrate the capacity to develop a topic of research in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner

Pedagogy

Lectures and in-class exercises

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1

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.

6000 100.0

Variant 2

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.

4000 60.0
Written Examination 2000 40.0

Variant 3

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.

4000 60.0
Essay 2000 40.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-04 11:22:13 +1100