HUMN 3096 What is the Human?
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 101010
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Description This unit examines theories of human nature from a variety of historical and disciplinary perspectives. It engages with, and encourages the student to evaluate, conceptions of the human - some of which have had wide currency in the broader culture and some which have not. The unit also engages the idea of whether a unified conception of human nature is tenable at all.
School Humanities & Comm Arts
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Equivalent Subjects LGYC 1283 - What is the Human?
Restrictions Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.
- Demonstrate their familiarity with the most pervasive ideas of human nature in the western philosophical and anthropological traditions.
- Recognise the complex and intricate links between concepts of human nature and epistemology, religion, ethics and art.
- Be conversant with debates surrounding the idea of 'the human' and the very possibility of theorising at this level of generality.
2. Contemporary anthropology and cross-cultural studies
3. Perspectives on human nature from science, especially contemporary biology
4. Postmodern critiques of the possibility of the 'sciences of man'
5. Implications for ideas of human nature on epistemology, ethics, and art
6. The idea of the 'post-human' and technology
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.
|Tutorial paper||1000 words||20||N||Individual|
|Longer written exercise||1500 words||30||N||Individual|
|Take Home Test||1000-1300 words||50||N||Individual|
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