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Wellbeing and the Good Life (PHL216)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Description This unit examines the origin and development of philosophical ideas at the beginning of the Western tradition. Students will read and discuss major works by the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics and Neoplatonists on such themes as the origin of the cosmos, the place of the gods, atoms and elements, souls and bodies, theory of knowledge, and theory of value.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is for you to read the selections provided in the Unit Reader for each week's topic, the lecture notes or synopses in the Unit Info & Learning Guide, attend or listen to the lecture, and then attend the tutorial for discussion and questions on the week's readings (external students can send comments & questions to their tutor; online discussion forums are planned.)
Assessment Internal students complete two 45-minute quizzes, one in mid-term, one at end of term; external students complete a final exam.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have previously completed PHL316 Ancient Greek Ideas and d PHL216 Ancient Greek Ideas may not enrol in this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Philosophy (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Philosophy
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.


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Dr Tim Flanagan
Lecturer - Philosophy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2901
e: T.Flanagan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.059 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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