Courses & Units

Introductory Philosophy: Moral and Political Philosophy HPH104


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
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Graham Wood
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of concepts, principles, and methods central to moral and political philosophy
  • apply knowledge of concepts, principles and methods central to moral and political philosophy
  • apply philosophical skills, such as basic argument analysis, reconstruction, and presentation
  • 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

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091701 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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Mutual Exclusions

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

HPH101 Philosophy 1: Ethics


Teaching Pattern

On campus

Weekly online lecture (1 hour)

Weekly seminar (1 hour)

Weekly tutorial (1 hour)

Off campus

Weekly online lecture (1 hour)

Weekly online discussions (equivalent 2 hours)

Assessment500 word essay preparation task (10%)|Quizzes (10%)|Tutorial participation (10%)|1500 word essay (30%)|Take home exam (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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