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Wellbeing and the Good Life (PHL216)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit considers the ways in which approaches to philosophy in antiquity were often characterised by an interest into matters that were as much practical as theoretical or speculative. In so doing, the unit considers how the perennial philosophical question of the 'meaning of life' was one asked along lines that, today, could be said to be as much literary, political, ethical, aesthetic, psychological and even medicinal as cosmological or metaphysical.
Unit Learning Outcomes This Unit aims to equip students with an historical and conceptual appreciation of the sense in which notions such as 'well-being' and 'the good life' have had a concerted role in philosophy. On completion of the Unit, students should be able to

1. describe important themes from the history of philosophy
2. recall key terms and concepts in contemporary philosophy
3. critically evaluate how these terms and themes apply to our contemporary understanding of the world

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 Reflective Presentation on Written Synopsis - 25% - In preparation for the written essay, compile a brief (800-1000 word) overview of the position to be developed, its rationale and the resources that you intend to use. - Internal/External
Lead discussion of a given week's tutorial to this effect - 15% - Internal
Essay - 2000 words - 40% - Internal/External
Test - A 1hr in-class paper will require you to answer four short-answer questions covering key concepts covered in the Unit 20% - Internal
2hr, closed book, end-of-semester paper will require you to answer i) a series of short-answer questions covering key terms and concepts from the course; ii) a longer essay-length question (total 35%) - External
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.


Unit Coordinator
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
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
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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