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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
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 Knowledge of a discipline
2 relate key issues and debates in philosophy to their intellectual and cultural contexts Knowledge of a discipline
3 critically engage with contemporary contexts and issues in the media using debates in philosophy Intellectual rigour Ethical practice
4 clearly and concisely articulate different philosophical views and arguments in writing Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
5 engage in constructive discussion relating to philosophical debates. Communication and social skills

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: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. relate key issues and debates in philosophy to their intellectual and cultural contexts
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. critically engage with contemporary contexts and issues in the media using debates in philosophy
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  4. clearly and concisely articulate different philosophical views and arguments in writing
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. engage in constructive discussion relating to philosophical debates.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

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 study periods.