PHIL151 Introduction to Philosophy A: The Examined Life

Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PHIL100
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Adrian Walsh (
Unit Description

The issues discussed are: liberty and autonomy (what are they? how do we protect them?); power (what different forms does power take, and how is power related to liberty, autonomy and justice?); and self (who are we - as subjects of liberty, autonomy, power and justice? What are the limits of ourselves and how might they be overcome?).

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

What is This Thing called Ethics?

ISBN: 9780415832335
Bennett, C., Routledge 2nd ed. 2015

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 40% 2000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 60% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. think critically about key issues in social and political philosophy with depth in the understanding of concepts such as liberty, autonomy, justice, self and others.
  2. demonstrate in their assessment tasks critical thinking skills and autonomy and judgement in the presentation and development of arguments;
  3. apply critical thinking in both philosophical and non-philosophical contexts;
  4. demonstrate a depth of knowledge concerning some significant thinkers in the western philosophical tradition; and
  5. apply philosophical concepts to a range of problems that arise in everyday life.