units

ATS3872

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPhilosophy
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Monima Chadha

Notes

Previously coded PHL3850

Synopsis

The unit considers a range of topics in metaphysics and ethics from an Indian perspective. The aim is to contrast the views of the conservative Hindu philosophers with those of the Indian heretics. Among the metaphysical topics special emphasis is placed on the theories of the self and their relation to interesting Hindu doctrines of Karma and Rebirth. The course also explores the relations between karma and other enigmatic traditional Indian concepts.

Outcomes

Students who complete this unit will:

  • understand the central philosophical tenets of traditional Indian systems;
  • deepen their understanding of central issues in philosophy by considering them from a novel perspective;
  • appreciate how traditional Indian philosophers envisage a deep connection between their metaphysical and ethical positions;
  • be motivated and well equipped to exploit traditional Indian ideas through an understanding of a variety of problems in contemporary metaphysics and moral philosophy and attempts at resolving them.

In addition, students completing the unit at third-year level (ATS3872) will be required to demonstrate independent research ability. To meet this requirement students must be able to exploit relevant resources which have not been mentioned in subject handbook and lectures in completing their assignments, in particular the major essay.

Assessment

Written work: 70% (3500 words)
Exam: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

On-campus: 2 hours (one 2-hour seminar) per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus: no timetabled contact hours

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

A first-year 6 point unit in Philosophy.

Prohibitions