ASP129 - Love, Sex and Death

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Marilyn Stendera
Trimester 3: Leesa Davis
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

ASP229, ASP329

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Content

This unit consists of three modules. The first is a philosophical exploration of the concept of romantic love, including its relationship to biology, rationality and friendship, and its expression in the institution of marriage. The second module explores sex and the moral concepts that have grown up around it. Related social issues such as sex-work and pornography are also discussed. The third module explores death, including traditional and contemporary understandings of death, medical definitions of death, and ethical issues related to killing such as abortion and euthanasia.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Identify and discuss in a reflective and critical way, in both essay and dialogue format, some of the philosophical problems raised by love, sex, and death

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

ULO2

Interpret, understand and engage critically with a range of primary and secondary philosophical texts relating to love, sex, and death

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

ULO3

Work collaboratively to analyse, compare, and defend philosophical arguments, backed by relevant evidence, in the course of constructing a group dialogue

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO7: Teamwork

ULO4

Construct essay-length arguments of your own using language that is concise, clear and conforms to the standards of academic scholarship (e.g., proper referencing of sources)

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Group) - Assignment 800 words
or equivalent
20% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Essay 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Essay 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ASP129
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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