ASP309 - Critique and Creativity: Contemporary French Philosophy

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

From 2025
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Geelong (Waurn Ponds), Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Sean Bowden
Cohort rule:Nil

Students must have passed at least one ASP-coded level 2 unit

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

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

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

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


Is there a relation between practices of philosophical critique and the possibility of creating new forms of life and thought? We will try to answer this question by turning to the works of several contemporary French philosophers, including Bergson, Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida and Cixous. We will come to grips with their philosophical programs and examine the implications of their ideas for our thinking about reality, knowledge, ethics and the nature of philosophical practice itself.

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 explain the key ideas and arguments, bearing on the relation between 'life' and 'thought', developed by a number of 20th century French philosophers

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

ULO2 Develop and clearly communicate arguments in defence of specific philosophical claims related to the ideas and arguments studied, individually or in collaborative projects

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Teamwork

ULO3 Apply the philosophical ideas and arguments studied in coming to grips with authentic problems, individually or in collaborative projects

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO4 Compare, contrast and critically evaluate the philosophical ideas and arguments studied, and reflect on their wider implications

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Seminar/Online Exercises 400 words
or equivalent
10% Ongoing
Assessment 2 (Group of 4-5 students) - Group Assignment 1400 words
or equivalent
35% Ongoing
Assessment 3 - Essay 2200 words
or equivalent
55% End-of-unit assessment period

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 ASP309
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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