Graduate Diploma in Arts (Philosophy and Social Theory)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the graduate diploma should:

    * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
    * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts;
    * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force;
    * Communicate effectively;
    * Commit to continuous learning;
    * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic title
    Graduate Diploma in Arts (Philosophy and Social Theory)
  • Course description
    Specialisation Requirements:

        * elective subjects with no more than 12.5 points at first-year level to a total of 100 points
    Core subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    161-021  From Hermeneutics to Derrida
    This subject studies the theories of meaning and interpretation developed in contemporary European thought. It examines questions such as: What is it to interpret a text? How does an interpretation differ from a deconstruction? Is the meaning of a te...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-217  Kant's Metaphysics of Experience     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    136-073  Critical Theories
    The aim of this subject is to introduce students to and critically examine the major debates in contemporary critical theories from Western Marxism to postmodernism. These critical theories include the German Frankfurt School, French poststructuralis...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-077  Psychoanalysis and Social Theory     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    First year elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    161-111  Great Ideas in Philosophy
    This subject introduces and examines several famous ideas in Western philosophy, from various periods and traditions but with important recurring concerns including the scope of human reason, the case for religious belief, the nature of morality, and...     Semester 2     12.50

    Second/Third-year elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    161-012  Political Thought     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-013  Political Philosophy
    This subject focuses on recent developments in political philosophy. Specific topics to be discussed may include: distributive justice; patriotism and preference for co-national; international justice; humanitarian intervention; liberalism; democrati...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-020  Phenomenology
    This subject is a study of some classic texts and major themes in the 20th century philosophical traditions of phenomenology and existentialism. Themes to be discussed will include consciousness and perception, being-in-the-world, embodiment, truth a...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-052  Ideas of Utopia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-214  The Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    136-037  Biotechnology in Modern Society
    This subject will introduce students to selected research and commercial applications of modern biotechnology in order to discuss the broader issues that arise from them. A range of topics will be covered in this subject, which may include the recomb...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-040  The Ways of Science     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    136-074  Modernity Revolution to Social Movements
    This subject is primarily concerned with the ideas about society that have anchored the disciplines of sociology and social theory in the 19th and 20th centuries. It critically assesses these ideas through an examination of the works of key social th...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-076  Social Theory and Political Analysis
    This subject involves the study of theory and empirical research in social and political relations, culture and ideology, and human subjectivity and action. Students who complete this subject should possess an awareness of the ways in which social th...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-024  Biomedical Ethics
    The development and increasing prestige of modern medicine continues to generate ethical controversy. This subject will provide a way of making sense of these controversies: it will consider the nature of health, illness and disease, and discuss a nu...     Semester 2     12.50

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