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What Is a Person? B

Enrolment code: ESG744

Offered: Launceston: may be taken in summer school OR semester 1

Unit description:

The skills of critical inquiry continue to be fostered with the continuing focus for discussion being the question: ‘What is a person?’ and issues arising out of that question such as the following. Could machines or animals be persons? When does personhood begin and end? What are minds? Do we have free will? How should we live our lives? Do only persons have duties? Do only persons have rights? What is it for something to be right or good anyway? Are there any moral truths? Is right and wrong the same for everybody? If there are any moral truths, how would we know what they were? Is there a God? Were there not to be a God, would life be meaningless? What can be done in the face of disagreement on these matters? And so on. Again, in parallel with students’ own engagement with these issues will be discussion of the pedagogy of having school students engage with the same issues.

Staff P Davson-Galle (unit coordinator) with members of the School of Philosophy and colleagues from other universities as suitable For information on staff, turn to relevant Faculty website University phone and email search phone    email
Unit weight 12.5% To see normal University Admission requirements
Corequisites ESG743 What Is a Person? A  
Assessment mode 1 x 1,500 and 1 x 3,500-word essay Examinations timetable (Users will need to know their login name (POP account) and password)
Required texts etc tba Library Catalogue
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Discipline (School) Postgraduate Education  
Courses Graduate Certificate of Education
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Faculty website Faculty of Education  
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