Faculty of Arts
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|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered||Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)|
Clayton First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2015 (Off-campus)
|Coordinator(s)||Professor Graham Oppy|
Is belief in God rationally defensible? We begin by examining some arguments in favour of the existence of God. We then move to consider a difficulty for anyone who believes that God is all-powerful and wholly good: the problem posed by existence of evil. One traditional solution to this problem is to say that God is not responsible for the moral evil in this world. God gave us freedom, the capacity to choose between good and evil; moral evils are due entirely to the bad choices made by human beings. This raises the central questions concerning human freedom: what exactly does free action involve? Are we ever genuinely free, or is our sense of freedom no more than an illusion?
On successfully completing this unit, students will have:
Students will also obtain familiarity with central ideas in the history of philosophy, and begin to develop an understanding of important philosophical theories.
Within semester assessment: 60%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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Off-campus: no timetabled contact hours
Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.