ASP109 - Freedom and Power: Existentialism and Beyond


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Final year of offer 2020

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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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 per week and 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

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


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, de Beauvoir, and Foucault 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.

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