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Studies in World Philosophies (11148.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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At the heart of cultural diversity are profoundly different ways of conceptualising the world - ways that are articulated in the great world philosophies. This comparative unit will introduce students to some of the key ideas of the philosophical traditions of the world, from ancient times until the modern age, and the central influence that those ideas have had on world cultures. The unit will examine a selection of philosophies from Europe, the Middle-East, China, India, and Africa. Students will analyse and compare the varied answers that different cultures have given to questions about the nature of the self, its relation to society and to the natural world, and the nature of happiness and the good life.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Examine and evaluate how world philosophies express the deep structures of cultural diversity;

2. Engage in clear and cogent reasoning about central themes in world philosophies and their relation to contemporary life; and

3. Critically analyse, and articulate a reflective understanding of, complex arguments and concepts drawn from world philosophies.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of a 1.5 hour lecture and 1.5 hour tutorial on-campus per week.


Must have passed 24 credit points.



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