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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to key ideas and discussions in philosophy through applying cultural analysis in the study of film and television. Students will identify and critically engage with philosophical debates in contemporary contexts and the media.

Unit content

Introduction

Topic 1: Doing philosophy

Topic 2: Thinking clearly

 

Module 1: How do I know anything?

Topic 3: Scepticism

Topic 4: Truth and knowledge

 

Module 2: Minds, bodies and persons

Topic 5: What am I?

Topic 6: Persons in context

 

Module 3: Being good

Topic 7: Why be good?

Topic 8: Thinking ethically

 

Module 4: Philosophy of film

Topic 9: Is it art?

Topic 10: Evaluating film

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 engage in cultural analysis in the study of moving pictures and identify the philosophical views being expressed
2 relate key issues and debates in philosophy to their intellectual and cultural contexts
3 critically engage with contemporary contexts and issues in the media using debates in philosophy
4 clearly and concisely articulate different philosophical views and arguments in writing
5 engage in constructive discussion relating to philosophical debates.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. engage in cultural analysis in the study of moving pictures and identify the philosophical views being expressed
    • GA4:
  2. relate key issues and debates in philosophy to their intellectual and cultural contexts
    • GA4:
  3. critically engage with contemporary contexts and issues in the media using debates in philosophy
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
  4. clearly and concisely articulate different philosophical views and arguments in writing
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. engage in constructive discussion relating to philosophical debates.
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • It is suggested that you read this small book through early in the unit and return to sections as they become relevant to unit material. The readings on each weekly topic are an essential part of the unit: Craig, E , 2002, Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, 1st edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.