Gold CoastSession 2Session 2
LismoreSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduces students to key ideas and discussions in philosophy through applying cultural analysis in the study of film and television. Students will identify and critically engage with philosophical debates in contemporary contexts and the media.

Unit content

Topic 1: Doing philosophy
Topic 2: Thinking clearly

Module 1: How do I know anything?
Topic 3: Scepticism
Topic 4: Truth and knowledge

Module 2: Minds, bodies and persons
Topic 5: What am I?
Topic 6: Persons in context

Module 3: Being good
Topic 7: Why be good?
Topic 8: Thinking ethically

Module 4: Philosophy of film
Topic 9: Is it art?
Topic 10: Evaluating film

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • It is suggested that you read this small book through early in the unit and return to sections as they become relevant to unit material. The readings on each weekly topic are an essential part of the unit: Craig, E , 2002, Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, 1st edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (5 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Response paper30%


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (5 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Response paper30%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 4 hours (12 weeks)
Response paper30%

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