Courses & Units

Philosophy 1: Ethics HPH101

This unit is being phased out and may not be offered next year, please consider your study plan accordingly. You will be able to enrol in the unit where there is an availability noted below.


This unit 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 how we should respond to climate change. 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.


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

Dr. Graham Wood

Teaching staff

Dr. Ingo Farin (Hobart), Dr. Graham Wood (Launceston & Distance)

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


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of concepts, principles, and methods from within moral and political philosophy.
  2. Critically analyse philosophical concepts, principles and methods from within moral and political philosophy.
  3. Apply philosophical concepts, principles and methods to moral and political questions.
  4. Communicate using philosophical language and academic style.



Band Field of Education
1 091701

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Mutual Exclusions

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

  • HPA181
  • HPA104
  • HPA101


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly seminar (1.5 hours)
Weekly lecture (2 hours)
Weekly tutorial (1 hour)

Off Campus:
3 x contact hours per week


Task 1: Short assignment, 500 words (10%)

Task 2: Tutorial participation/discussion (10%)

Task 3: Essay, 2000 words (40%)

Task 4: Take-home exam, 1500 words (40%)

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