This unit is devoted to the systematic examination of the basic presuppositions, concepts and theoretical frameworks that have shaped the Western philosophical understanding of the human person as individual and socio-political. The topics covered in this unit include nature, agency and subjectivity, bodiliness, sexual difference, the personal capacity for transcendence; the basis, purpose and structure of the state’s authority; liberalism and distributive justice. A number of contemporary approaches to the understanding of human nature will be discussed in relation to the human person as a moral and social subject.

Unit code: AP1002C (Approved)

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


Explain the theories, assumptions and terminology of some important theories of human nature and purpose


Identify the purpose and context of selected philosophical texts studied in the unit and assess their implications


Situate the topics studied within the wider framework of the western intellectual tradition


Critique a philosophical position


Lectures, Tutorials, Seminars


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant one: 10 x 200-word assignments

Variant two: 2-hour written examination (2,000 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.

0 50.0

500-word Essay

0 12.0

1,500-word Essay

0 38.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-28 15:44:19 +1000