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Does life have any meaning? If so, what is it? Is life's meaning the same for all of us, or can it be different for each of us? Does religion provide the only foundation for meaning? What is the impact of modern science on the meaning of life? This unit will examine these questions and critically analyse some answers.

Summary 2020

Unit name The Meaning of Life
Unit code HPA209
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies

Teaching staff

Staff from Philosophy

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



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Teaching Pattern

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

Off-campus: recorded lectures and regular participation in on-line activities


Weekly reading comprehension quizzes (35%); Essay planning exercise (5%); Essay (50%); Reflective journal (10%).

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