Courses & Units

Philosophy 1: Ethics HPH101

Hobart, Launceston

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.



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.


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

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

Teaching staff

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

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


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

* 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).

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $1,671.00 091701

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Mutual Exclusions

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

  • HPA181
  • HPA104
  • HPA101


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)


Tutorial participation (10%), short assignments equivalent to 500 words (10%), 2,000-word essay (40%), take home exam submitted via MyLO  (40%)

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