|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Convenor and lecturer
This unit provides an introduction to major topics in ethics, moral theory and contemporary political philosophy. The first section focuses on the nature of happiness. Is pleasure essential to happiness? Or does the pursuit of pleasure harm our chances of lasting fulfilment? Must we be virtuous in order to be happy? What is the relationship between happiness and duty? The second section explores the nature of moral goodness. Is morality based ultimately in self-interest? What is the relationship between morality and religion? Are there moral principles that everyone is bound by reason to recognise? Or is the validity of moral standards relative to specific societies and cultures? In the third section we turn to questions of applied political philosophy, focusing on questions such as: What principles should govern the distribution of economic and social resources within a society? What are the obligations of wealthy nations to those less fortunate, including immigrants and refugees? And what issues of justice are raised by climate change?
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven days (including weekends) after the original submission date.
|Online quizzes||20%||No||23:59, Sunday, weekly|
|Reflection about Happiness||20%||No||23:59, Sunday, 05/09/2021|
|Critical Essay||40%||No||23:59, Sunday, 07/11/2021|
A weekly online quiz on the topic covered that week. There are 10 quizzes in total.
A short reflective exercise.
A critical discussion of a set question where you demonstrate the critical questioning and philosophical knowledge that you have learned over the unit.
Demonstrate engagement with course materials by responding to questions and contributing to tutorial discussions.
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
All required readings are available from the library via Leganto. Students are responsible for gaining access to the readings using the link to Leganto on iLearn. A schedule of the required readings is also provided on iLearn.
Students will require access to the internet and a computer. This unit has an iLearn site where activities are set and unit materials distributed. Written tasks will be submitted via the plagiarism detection software turnitin.
Contacting the Teaching Staff
The first point of contact is your tutor. Please see iLearn for email details. Should your tutor be unable to assist, they will forward your inquiry to the unit convenor.
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Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Unit information based on version 2021.02 of the Handbook