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Meaning and Interpretation (PHL217)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit deals with central themes in contemporary philosophy of language, in both the analytic and phenomenological traditions. Questions addressed include: How do we make 'sense' of the world? How do we understand others? What counts as a language? Is 'language' necessary to make the world 'meaningful' for us? Can we think without words? What is the relation between thinking, talking and hearing? What is the relation between language and reality? Is it possible to understand what someone else says?
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand approaches to meaning from analytic and continental perspectives.
2. Recognise and engage with these different approaches to 'meaning' and 'interpretation'.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; Tutorial: 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: four (4) components for the assessment:
Two essays: 20% and 30% respectively,
Two lecture analysis summaries: 10% each
Exam: 30%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have previously completed PHL217 or PHL317 may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Philosophy (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Philosophy
Appears in these Minors Anthropology
Philosophy
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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Unit Coordinator
PHL217
Associate Professor Lubica Ucnik
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2313
e: L.Ucnik@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.055 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
PHL217

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Lubica Ucnik
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2313
e: L.Ucnik@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.055 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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