Philosophy, Morality and Society

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

Philosophy, Morality and Society provides an introduction to how to think about life’s biggest ideas. What is the essence of happiness? Are there any universal ethics? Is morality based on selfishness? This unit analyses and discusses the complexities of morality, happiness and justice.

Provided by OUA in partnership with Macquarie University, the unit provides the basis for how to think philosophically and to critically evaluate complex ideas.

The ideas presented in the unit will be analysed through thought experiments and comparisons to current socio-political issues. You will also gain a command over historically important philosophers and learn to apply complex philosophical ideas to daily life.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply.

If you have no prior university experience, however, it is recommended that you complete Academic Learning Skills or Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice prior to enrolling.

The unit may also contain some adult themes, so those under 16 years old will need to submit a parental consent form.

Areas of study

In this arts unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Morality and the good life – what is happiness? Epicurean ethics
  • Stoic ethics
  • Happiness, virtue and the good: Aristotle's ethics
  • Foundations of morality
  • Challenges to objectivity: cultural diversity
  • Why be moral? Egoism and self interest theories
  • Kant's ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Contemporary problems of morality and justice: animal rights and welfare
  • Global justice
  • Historic injustice and Indigenous rights
  • Justice, immigration and refugees

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

Content may also be relevant to other 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?

Contributing to a Bachelor of Arts, this unit serves as an introduction to philosophical thought. You will learn how to critically analyse complex ideas and apply them to everyday life. Complete the unit with a basic philosophical understanding of happiness, morality and justice.

Through studying Philosophy Morality and Society you will gain skills in textual analysis, respectful and constructive debate and critical writing.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Philosophy, Morality and Society from Macquarie 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 or HECS-HELP is 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 HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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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