Thinking deeply about what it is like to be human
This unit introduces you to philosophical reflection concerning what it is to be a human being. You will examine key concepts, theories and debates relating to a range of important themes in this area, such as the nature of the mind and its relation to the body; the basis of personal identity and the ‘self’; the relationship between rationality and emotion; the meaning and extent of personal freedom; the inter-personal nature of being human; the significance of gender and sexuality; considerations about the meaning of life; and the implications of human finitude and mortality.
The unit aims to develop your understanding of key philosophical concepts and theories that allow you to reflect on your beliefs and assumptions, and to engage with the views of others. It also looks to enhance your skills in critical reflection on experience, the analysis of arguments, and the formulation and communication of coherent positions of your own.
On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to:
You should have developed your ability to achieve the following ACU graduate attributes:
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