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Ethics, Responsibility and Justice (PHL206)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: UA3-internal
Description Controversies about right and wrong, justice and injustice are rife in democratic societies. Enormous economic and social change, exponential advancement in technology, unprecedented freedom of choice amid increasing inequalities create pressing concerns about how to make the most of our own lives and how we can best live together with other people, locally and globally. This unit explores philosophical responses to these issues in light of different understandings of ethical and political values, the good life, justice and virtue.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Articulate, present and defend a reasoned positions in moral and political philosophy in oral and written forms
2. Read and understand philosophical texts
3. Write and present succinct and precise summaries of the main issues at stake in a position
4. Research and develop a sustained written analysis of a specific philosophical issue
6. Work more effectively in group discussion and reasoned formulation of collective views
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences This unit combines timetabled learning through lectures and tutorials with a strong self-study component. Students are expected to read the core readings for each session and prepare answers to study questions on a weekly basis (internal and external). There is an emphasis on active class participation and group discussion. Students should be prepared to discuss the core readings in tutorials (internal) or use the online discussion space (external).
Assessment The assessment tasks are designed so as to improve students' reading comprehension, increase their ability to deliver an extended philosophical argument and foster self-study skills. Internal students will also practice presentation skills.
Assignment one: Three Multiple Choice Tests, 30% of the final mark (internal and external students).
Assignment two: Philosophical essay, 40% (internal and external students).
Assignment three for external students: 2hr exam, 30%
Assignment three for internal students: Tutorial participation 15%; Tutorial presentation 15%.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Philosophy (BA)
Appears in these Minors Ethics
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6328
e: A.Schwenkenbecher@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.057 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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