HUMN 3088 Understanding Freedom

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101798

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Description "Understanding Freedom" consists of a close analysis of major theories of freedom from ancient times to the contemporary world. It explores the relation between freedom and imprisonment, freedom and politics, freedom and the everyday, as well as the way that freedom informs the production of culture.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline Studies in Human Society, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject


Successful completion of 60 credit points

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. explore contemporary theories of freedom;
  2. recognise ways in which theories of freedom can inform contemporary political ideas;
  3. outline theories of freedom in Western thought;
  4. discuss the role of freedom in philosophy and culture;
  5. analyse and critique the traditional understanding of freedom;
  6. evaluate how theories of freedom structure the thought of key-thinkers; and
  7. apply knowledge gained in this subject to other areas of their experience

Subject Content

- "Understanding Freedom" looks at the way that freedom has been conceptualized and traces the development of that idea in Western thought.
- It examines how freedom is articulated in every-day life, and explores contemporary theories of freedom.
- The Examination of The concept of freedom will be carried out by concentrating on key thinkers who have written on freedom.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Portfolio 1500 words 30 N Individual
Portfolio 1500 words 30 N Individual
Essay 2250 words 40 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Spring (2024)

Bankstown City


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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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