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ASP210 - Plato and Nietzsche


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Sean Bowden




Incompatible with:

ASP105, ASP213, ASP313, ASP307, ASP405

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


The unit will explore the very beginnings of the Western philosophical tradition in the work of Socrates as described by Plato in about 400BCE. Plato raises issues about the nature of ultimate reality and its importance for our moral and social lives. He describes how Socrates was put to death for teaching philosophical ideas that challenged the authority of tradition. For his part, Nietzsche, in the late 19th century, challenged the hegemony of the philosophical tradition that Plato inaugurated and asked us to accept the stresses of human life without recourse to metaphysical consolations.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Understand, analyse and evaluate key philosophical concepts in epistemology, ontology, and practical philosophy developed by Plato and Friedrich Nietzsche

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Reflectively analyse and critically evaluate your own pre-held views on the key philosophical issues addressed in a range of forums, in light of the challenging philosophical positions introduced in the course texts by Plato and Nietzsche

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop and communicate philosophical arguments, in your own words

GLO2: Communication


Develop independent research skills, in seeking out and summarising sources, planning complex arguments, and presenting written and oral presentations

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO6: Self-management


Communicate philosophical ideas and arguments, in your own words and using digital technologies, in the context of a team project

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Group of 3-4 students) - Group Presentation

800 words or equivalent 20% Information not yet available

Assessment 2 (Individual) – Research and Writing Exercise

1200 words 30% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 (Individual) – Essay 2000 words 50% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ASP210 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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