Questioning Humanity 1
This unit engages students with “Big Question” debates confronting human society, integrating key interdisciplinary concepts and debates essential to critically understanding and exploring our world along with disciplinary specific learning approaches to examining various aspects of past, present and future global societal development. Topics and questions examined can vary year to year.
Questioning Humanity 2
This unit engages students with “Big Question” debates confronting human society integrating key interdisciplinary concepts and debates essential to critically understanding and exploring our world along with disciplinary specific learning approaches to examining various aspects of past, present and future global societal development. Topics and questions examined can vary year to year.
What is it for an action to be right or wrong, and why should I be moral in the first place? This unit introduces and critically explains the central issues in theoretical ethics in order to enable students to evaluate the arguments, positions, and theories that underpin these questions, and develop their own metaethical position. Throughout, emphasis is placed on developing the critical, analytical and conceptual skills needed to comprehend the complexity of ethical debates in the modern world and to engage with them.
Introduction to Classical Philosophy
Classical philosophy posed some of the fundamental questions of philosophy, questions about what it is to be human, what attitude we should have towards life and death, what is true and what is real. This unit will introduce students to these questions and, by examining the distinctive way in which they are posed in the works of the classical philosophers, it will help develop the ability to philosophise in response to them.
Introduction to Modern Philosophy
This unit will look at some of the key arguments of early modern philosophers about such issues as the nature of the mind and what it can know with certainty, the relation between the mind and the world, and what nature is. Through a close engagement with the writings of some of these philosophers, it will encourage students to think critically about our view of ourselves and our relation to the world.
Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Building on the insights gained in Death, God and the Meaning of Life, this unit will further investigate the questions of faith and knowledge as they have developed over the last 200 years and influenced the development of contemporary Philosophy of Religion and its significance in an increasingly secular culture.
Students will study the rich tradition of Existentialism, which has asked what it means to exist authentically as an embodied, gendered, being in an absurd universe. While looking at the earlier existentialists, the unit will concentrate on a close engagement with the writings of some of the most influential 20th century existentialists such as Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Death, God and the Meaning of Life
This unit examines some of the central arguments of the philosophical tradition for and against the existence of divinity. From Plato to the 20th Century, we will encounter various arguments for the necessary existence of the immortals, and see how they reconfigure how we understand the meaning of our lives and orient ourselves in the world.