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: AP8002C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a broad and sophisticated understanding of the theories, assumptions and terminology relating to the human person or a political philosophy studied in the unit


Identify and describe the purpose, context and intention of selected philosophical texts, and rigorously assess their implications


Situate and comprehend the understanding of the person or the political theory of the state studied within the wider framework of the western intellectual tradition


Explain the significance of a philosophical theory of the person or the political theory of the state) and critically evaluate it


Demonstrate the capacity to develop a topic of research in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner


Lectures and in-class exercises


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Option 1: 6,000 word essay 100% week 16 Or Option 2: 4,000 word essay 60% 2-hour exam (2,000 words) 40% Essay: week 14, 15 or 16, as set by lecturer at semester start and published in unit outline Exam: week 16 Or Option 3: 4,000 word essay 60% 2,000 word essay 40%
For each essay: one of weeks 8–16, as set by lecturer at semester start and published in unit outline.

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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-04 11:22:13 +1100