Content

The unit provides an overview of some major concepts and thinkers in the western philosophical tradition that are relevant for the study of theology. It is suitable both as a preparation for theological studies and also as an introduction for students wishing to pursue further philosophical studies. Thinkers studied will include some or all of: Anselm, Aquinas, Aristotle, Descartes, Heidegger, Hume, Kant, Locke, Nietzsche and Plato. Themes studied will include some or all of: arguments for the existence of God, the classical attributes of God, consideration of the problem of evil, the nature of religious language, the human person, ethics and the nature of the Good, natural law and political philosophy.

Unit Code: AP1000C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Summarise the key differences between philosophy and theology, and their interrelations

2.

Describe the fundamental ideas, positions and arguments of the thinkers studied in the unit

3.

Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major arguments of the thinkers presented in the unit

4.

Expound the relevance of the thinkers and arguments considered in the unit for theology

Pedagogy

Lectures, Tutorials, Seminars

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

Unit variation one: 500-word Essay Unit variation two: 500-word Essay

One of the variations set out here is chosen by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, in conjunction with the Dean, and is published in the unit outline. The lecturer may choose different variations for different levels in the same unit. Students may have choices within a given variation, but are not able to make choices outside that set variation. Unit variation one: 500-word Essay

12.0

Unit variation one: 4-6 short take-home essays/writing exercises comprising 2000 words total; weighting re total mark is pro rata on word length. Unit variation two: 2-hour written examination (2000 words)

One of the variations set out here is chosen by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, in conjunction with the Dean, and is published in the unit outline. The lecturer may choose different variations for different levels in the same unit. Students may have choices within a given variation, but are not able to make choices outside that set variation.

50.0

Unit variation one: 1,500-word Essay Unit variation two: 1,500-word Essay

One of the variations set out here is chosen by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, in conjunction with the Dean, and is published in the unit outline. The lecturer may choose different variations for different levels in the same unit. Students may have choices within a given variation, but are not able to make choices outside that set variation.

38.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-05 12:34:44 +1100