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ASP215 - Philosophy, Happiness, and the Good Life

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Matthew Sharpe

Prerequisite:Any first year Arts unit
Corequisite:

Nil

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.

Content

In this course, we look at some basic life questions everyone faces: what is happiness, and how do we attain it?  Is pleasure the goal of life?  Is fame the best thing to aspire to?  IS strength of character enough to be happy, or do we need good luck?  Should we moderate, or try to conquer emotions like anger?  Is it ever right to lie?  Is altruism the key to a good life, or pursuing self-interest?  Each week, competing answers to these questions are examined, and students are prompted to engage with a host of the most important Western philosophers: Socrates, Aristotle, the Stoics, Cicero, Epicureanism, Natural Law, Hume, Kant and utilitarianism.

Assessment

Class/Online Exercises, 800 words, 20%

Essay 1, 1600 words, 40%

Essay 2, 1600 words, 40%

 

 

 

Unit Fee Information

If you are:

Domestic

  • in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • an undergraduate full fee paying student - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • postgraduate full fee paying students commenced before 2016 - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • postgraduate full fee paying students commencing in 2016 - refer to Course based calculation below.
  • a non-award student - refer to Unit based calculation below.

International

  • an undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research student commenced before 2016 - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • an undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research student commencing in 2016 - refer to Course based calculation below.
  • a non-award student - refer to Unit based calculation below.

Course based calculation

Your unit tuition fees are based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.


Unit based calculation

Your tuition fees are calculated on the units you enrol in. This means your fees are based on the units you choose to study and not a fixed course price. The tuition fees for this unit are displayed in the table below:


Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$782$782$2466$2635

* 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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