PHIL1003 God, Mind and Knowledge

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 option in the Philosophy major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit covers some fundamental issues which are central in philosophy and which provide an introduction to contemporary philosophical debate. The topics are organised around three major themes—God, Mind and Knowledge. It covers such issues as whether it is reasonable to believe in God, whether we have grounds for believing in the external world, whether the mind and brain are really distinct and what makes us count as the same person over time.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify and evaluate arguments in philosophical texts; (2) independently construct arguments for philosophical positions; (3) understand and apply the methodologies of contemporary philosophy; (4) identify and evaluate assumptions underpinning philosophical viewpoints on topics such as ethics, free will, knowledge and religion; (5) demonstrate sound research skills and written and oral communication skills; (6) demonstrate an understanding of important historical and contemporary philosophical ideas in areas such as ethics, free will, knowledge and religion; (7) articulate and understand a number of philosophical problems in relation to religion; (8) articulate and understand key issues in metaphysics and epistemology; (9) reason effectively towards answers in the above areas; and (10) evaluate philosophical positions in the above areas.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) essay; (2) examination; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Miri Albahari
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
PHIL1125 God, Mind and Knowledge
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (for 10 weeks); workshops: 1 hour per week (for 10 weeks)
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