PHIL4102 Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Honours option in Philosophy [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
- 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.
- 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.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the participation component.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Lachlan Umbers
- Unit rules
- sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation
- Contact hours
- seminars: 2 hours per week
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.