Contemporary Philosophy

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
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About this unit

This unit in Contemporary Philosophy from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University will provide students with the tools and skills necessary to understand and debate modern European thought.

Working through the concepts from major philosophical thinkers, such as Badiou and Fichte, among others, this module covers subjects as wide-ranging as nihilism, ontology, human subjectivity and self-consciousness.

Equipped with an understanding of the main philosophers of this time and their works, students will be able to compare different philosophical perspectives and form their own opinions about these subjects, as well as gain an appreciation for how each has shaped contemporary thought.

With the assessment of this 14-week unit based on an essay, a paper, and an online discussion, students will also be developing crucial communication and debate skills within highly complex subjects that demand advanced intellectual reasoning.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply, although applicants must ensure they have not completed a previous version of this unit.

Areas of study

In this Contemporary Philosophy unit, the topics you will study include:

  • The problem of nihilism
  • The post-secular challenge
  • Return of truth – Badiou
  • Return of truth II – Badiou
  • Badiou's Plato question
  • Ontology, situation and event
  • New German philosophy
  • Return of human subjectivity
  • Inner life examined
  • Fichte I: beyond reflection
  • Self-consciousness as a complex
  • After Fichte: romanticism

Course pathways

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but content may be relevant to a number of courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

As an introduction to the main philosophers and ideas in contemporary Europe, the Contemporary Philosophy unit offers a fantastic insight into the concepts that have shaped modern thinking throughout the world. Of course, this program is a fantastic asset if you intend to continue in a career in academia, especially in the subject of philosophy, as it provides an understanding of the essential philosophical concepts of our time. However, it would also benefit those interested in pursuing other lines of study, as it gives background knowledge into the contexts that surround everything from literature and art to science and sociology. Similarly, this unit is also beneficial to those who are pursuing careers outside of traditional academia. Developing skills such as critical thinking, analysis, research, debate and intellectual reasoning, the Contemporary Philosophy course is much more diverse than you might think. In dealing with complex subjects, students will come away from the unit with a wider understanding of conceptual thinking in general, which can be a benefit in many professions. The course should also give students the confidence to debate large issues and take on board new ideas.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Contemporary Philosophy from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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