ASP109 - Freedom and Power: Existentialism and Beyond

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Patrick Stokes





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus:  1 x 1 hour Class per week and 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning resources via CloudDeakin


Over the course of this unit, students will develop specific knowledge of the some of the key ideas in French existentialist philosophy. The philosophies of Camus, Sartre, and de Beauvoir will be given particular attention, focusing on their views of freedom, anguish (or anxiety), mortality, authenticity, and value. In conclusion, we look at some subsequent objections to their views concerning the role of power in our lives.


Essay 1, 40%, 1500 words

Essay 2, 40%, 1500 words

Quizzes, 20%

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