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Introductory Philosophy: Moral and Political Philosophy HPH104

Hobart, Launceston


This unit introduces students to moral and political philosophy. Drawing on a range of topics, themes, and methods, this unit explores foundational questions within both moral and political philosophy. As such, this unit provides an introduction to philosophy, the world’s oldest academic discipline, and will help students develop their capacity for critical reflection upon the nature of the human condition. This unit complements HPH105 Introductory Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality, but can be taken independently of that unit.


Unit name Introductory Philosophy: Moral and Political Philosophy
Unit code HPH104
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr. Graham Wood

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of concepts, principles, and methods central to moral and political philosophy.
  2. Apply knowledge of concepts, principles and methods central to moral and political philosophy.
  3. Apply philosophical skills, such as basic argument analysis, reconstruction, and presentation.
  4. Display a constructively critical attitude to belief formation as part of the formation of a philosophical attitude and identity with relation to questions of moral and political philosophy.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
091701 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $1,812.50

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Teaching Pattern

Off Campus:
Weekly online work (3 hours)

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


Task 1: Take home exam, 1500 words (40%)

Task 2: Assignment, 500 words (10%)

Task 3: Philosophy essay, 2000 words (40%)

Task 4: Tutorial participation (10%)

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