Content

This unit is devoted to the examination of the basic Western philosophical understanding of the human person as individual and socio-political. The topics covered in this unit might include nature, agency, the human subject and other issues of the individual, as well as the basis, purpose and structure of the state’s authority, liberalism, and the concept of justice. Historical, modern, and 20th-century approaches to the understanding of human nature will be discussed; this will help learners reflect on the human person as a moral and social subject.

Unit code: AP1002C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Explain the key issues in relation to the theories of human nature and society taught in the unit

2.

Outline the basic positions on human nature taught in the unit

3.

Recount the political theories taught in the unit and standard criticisms of them

4.

Outline a standard criticism of a philosophical position

Pedagogy

Lectures, Tutorials, Seminars

Indicative Bibliography

  • Cahn, Stephen M., ed. Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Dupre, Louis. Transcendent Selfhood: The Loss and Recovery of the Inner Life. New York: Seabury, 1976.
  • Goodin, Robert E., and Philip Pettit, eds. A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy. Oxford: Blackwell, 1995.
  • Hampton, Jean E. Political Philosophy. Dimensions of Philosophy. Boulder: Westview, 1997.
  • Knowles, Dudley. Political Philosophy. Fundamentals of Philosophy. London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Rawls, John. Justice as Fairness: A Restatement. Edited by Erin Kelly. Cambridge: Belknap, 2001.
  • Scheler, Max. Man’s Place in Nature. Translated and Introduced by H. Meyerhoff. Boston: Beacon Press, 1961.
  • Stevenson, L. The Study of Human Nature: A Reader. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Taylor, Charles. Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity. New Haven: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
  • Trigg, Roger. Ideas of Human Nature: A Historical Introduction. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1

Essay

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.

500 12.0
Essay

1,500-word Essay

1500 38.0
Essay

10 x 200-word assignments

2000 50.0

Variant 2

Essay

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.

500 12.0
Essay

1500 word essay

1500 38.0
Written Examination

2-hour written examination (2,000 words)

2000 50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 19 Jul, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-07-19 11:01:06 +1000