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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Study Abroad - Australia

Deakin University

B = Melbourne Campus at Burwood
G = Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds
X = Off campus

ASP105 Philosophy and the Meaning of Life (B, G, X) ≈ PHIL 101 (formerly PHIL 201)
This unit will introduce students to the study of philosophy by way of a discussion of the meaning of life as conceived from various viewpoints: religious, secular, existential and humanist. Contemporary authors will be studied with some reference to classical authors whose texts will be accessed through the world wide web.

ASP106 Knowledge and Creativity (B, G, X) ≈ PHIL 101 (formerly PHIL 201)
This unit introduces students to a further range of problems in philosophy, in particular, the nature and contemporary significance of science and of the arts. Along with brief texts by contemporary authors, students will be asked to consult on-line resources such as the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.

ASP205 / ASP305 World Religions (B, G, X) ≈ RELG 300
This unit introduces students to basic worldviews, practices, experience and texts of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The unit will explore the religions through the themes of suffering and evil, concepts of divinity, the construction of salvation and liberation, the understanding of death and human evolution, ethics and moral responsibility, and their relationship to 'other' religions. The unit examines the influence of secularization and growth of personal spirituality. The final modules explore the challenges confronting religions in a pluralistic world-culture. This unit will be of interest to students of philosophy, anthropology, sociology, politics, care-giving professions, psychology, international relations, cross-cultural ethics, and globalisation.

ASP216 / ASP316 Ethics in Global Society (B, G, X) ≈ PHIL 230
This unit allows students to explore more fully some of the major problems and debates that engage political and social thinking today. Discussions will focus on the concepts of justice, democracy, and the social responsibilities of governments. There will also be discussion of some difficult ethical and social policy issues such as morality of nuclear war and the theoretical bases of environmental responsibility.

ASP214 / ASP314 Political Philosophy (B, G, X) ≈ PHIL 350
The unit will take a historical view of the development of political philosophy by surveying the views of Plato, Aritotle, Machiavelli, Hobbs, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Rawls and others. It will also highlight such themes as the rule of law, the legitimacy of power, democratic theory, social justice, feminist critiques of some traditional views, critiques of liberalism, republicanism, the nature of the state and civil society.

ASP225 / ASP325 Contemporary and 20th C. Philosophies (B, G) ≈ PHIL 350
This unit takes the theme of the 'linguistic turn' in twentieth-century philosophy in order to explore the background to current philosophical debates and issues relevant to philosophy today. The unit covers developments in French, German and analytic philosophy, exploring the different ways in which issues around language have come to be regarded as central to contemporary issues for philosophy.

ASP213 / ASP313 Founders of Western Philosophy ≈ PHIL 301
This unit will explore the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle in order to trace the origin of many of our assumptions about metaphysics (our ideas about God, the mind, and reality), the nature of knowledge (how mere opinions can be distinguished from truth and whether objectivity is possible), and ethics (how we should live our lives and whether there are objective moral norms). As well as exploring the legacy of these two innovative thinkers the unit will examine critically their ideas and many debates and challenges they have generated.

ASP224 / ASP324 Philosophy, Freud and Reason ≈ PHIL 350
Topics to be addressed include: the unconscious; interpretation; drives and instincts; the Oedipus complex; masculinity and femininity; gender v. sex; questions of sexual orientation; reason and unreason since Freud; love, hate and living with others; race and ethnicity; psychoanalysis and science; the nature of unconscious motivation; Sartre and Freud; Wittgenstein and Freud.

ASP206 / ASP306 Philosophy in Asia ≈ RELG 350
This unit explores the important contributions of Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism and Buddhism to philosophical thinking. The unit will focus on the contributions of Indian philosophies in the areas of the nature of the self, the relationship between knowledge and freedom, and nature of reality. The unit will explore Chinese theories on the relationship between the person, society and the environment. The unit will introduce students to the role of argument and debate in Asian philosophies. The unit will also explore the influence of philosophical thinking in shaping personal beliefs and social values. This unit will be relevant to students with interests in East-West philosophy, cross-cultural philosophy of religion, comparative religions, psychology, social work, history of ideas, cross-cultural ethics, and globalization.

ASP215 / ASP315 Morals and Modernity ≈ PHIL 350
This unit will introduce students to deeper reflection in the study of ethics and to some of the major debates that engage ethical thinking today. Such a reflection stems from the postmodern critiques of the western tradition of ethics inaugurated by Friedrich Nietzsche which challenge the ethical theories of Plato (who based his ethics on metaphysics), and Hume (who stresses the moral sentiments), and Kant (who stressed the notion of duty and the dignity of humankind).