Courses & Units

Philosophy 1: Ethics HPH101

Hobart, Launceston

Introduction

Philosophy 1: Ethics introduces many of the major topics in ethics and political philosophy, and through an examination of past and current texts gives students a philosophical perspective on the contemporary social world. The unit explores foundational questions about ethics (What is the good life? Is morality just a matter of opinion? Must we be good to be happy? What is evil?), the basic assumptions behind our social institutions and political thinking (What justifies the state? What is the point of democracy? Who is equal?), and provides a framework for thinking about contemporary political and ethical issues, such as what makes for a just war, how we should respond to climate change, and how we should treat animals. This unit provides an introduction to the world's oldest academic discipline and will help students to develop the rigorous thinking that is the hallmark of philosophy-a skill that is transferable to almost any walk of life. This unit complements HPH102 Philosophy 2: Mind and Metaphysics but can be taken independently of that unit.

Summary

Unit name Philosophy 1: Ethics
Unit code HPH101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts and Law
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Teaching staff

Dr Ingo Farin / Dr Michael Kidd

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
Note

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,561.00 091701

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • HPA181 
  • HPA104 
  • HPA101

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

Hobart          On Campus: 2 hrs campus lectures, 1-hr campus tutorial weekly (13 wks)

Launceston On Campus (Blended): 2 hours of lectures and learning activities delivered online (with four lectures of approx. 20 minutes each), 1-hr campus tutorial weekly (13 wks)Off-campus:

fully online delivery equivalent to On-campus/Blended (13 wks)
Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%), 500-word assignment (10%), 2,000-word essay (40%), 2-hr exam (40%)

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Textbooks

Required

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