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ASP215 - Philosophy, Happiness, and the Good Life

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:M Sharpe
Prerequisite:Any first year Arts unit


Incompatible with:

ASP213/313, ASP315, ASP415

Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class & 1 x 1 hour Seminar

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit will introduce students to the study of ethics and to some of the major debates that engage moral theory today. Such a reflection begins with the work of Aristotle who highlighted the importance of virtue in our ethical lives, and moves on to the theory of Natural Law which bases moral norms on human nature backed by divine command. We then study Hume, who stresses the moral sentiments as a basis for our norms, and Kant who based the notion of duty and the dignity of humankind on pure reason.


1 team-produced dialogue worth 40%

1 essay applying ethical theories to contemporary issue worth 40%

Campus: 10% group mark for each seminar group 10% in-class quizzes

Cloud (online): 20% online quizzes

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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