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Existentialism (PHL207)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Description Today, the experience of angst is medicalised, psychologised, commercialised. We can even buy apps to overcome it and achieve happiness. However, philosophers have argued that experiencing angst is part of what it means to be human, rather than a problem for which there is a ready solution. This unit explores existentialism and the history of the idea of angst in Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, and others' work. We explore how the philosophical idea of angst is relevant to our lives today.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand approaches to meaning of human existence and its importance for thinking and living in the world.
2. Recognise and engage with these different approaches to 'meaning' of human life.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences To learn effectively in this unit, you need to read the Unit Information and Learning Guide (the UI) carefully, come to each tutorial prepared (that is, read required articles and appropriate sections of the UI), dedicate an appropriate amount of time to the research for your tutorial presentation, to the writing of your two essays and to the final exam.
Assessment Internal students: five (5) components for the assessment: Two essays: 20% and 30% respectively; Exam:
25%; Tutorial presentation: 15%; Tutorial participation: 10%.
External students: five (5) components for the assessment: Two essays: 20% and 30% respectively; Two
lecture analysis summaries: 10% each; Exam: 30%.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PHL201 Existence and Freedom may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2015: 'Existence and Freedom'
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Philosophy (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Philosophy
Appears in these Minors Philosophy
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