UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PHIL4102 Topics in Social and Political Philosophy

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Philosophy [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content There are diverse areas in social and political philosophy which are of great relevance to current social and political debates. This unit explores one or more of these areas in social and political philosophy. Topics discussed may include, but are not limited to, bioethics, environmental ethics, terrorism, torture, war, social and economic justice, democracy, punishment, globalisation, liberty, equality, multiculturalism and corporate responsibility. While the focus of the unit is on philosophical analysis of these issues, a range of perspectives may be examined. The unit may employ a variety of sources, from academic papers through to films.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) strengthen generic intellectual skills such as analysing and critically assessing arguments, constructing and expressing their own arguments, and constructing and expressing explanations of phenomena; (2) develop a critical understanding of the core philosophical issues related to social and political philosophy; (3) develop public speaking and professional presentation skills; (4) develop critical writing skills; and (5) develop core research skills in preparation for research-oriented postgraduate work and/or research-oriented work outside of the University.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an essay; (2) test; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the participation component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Nin Kirkham
Unit rules
Prerequisites: sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation
Contact hours seminars: 2 hours per week

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