PHIL 3032 - God, Faith and Infinity: Philosophy of Religion
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PHIL 3032 Course God, Faith and Infinity: Philosophy of Religion Coordinating Unit Philosophy Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study Incompatible PHIL 2044 Course Description Most people, historically and today, have religious beliefs of one kind or another. Those beliefs are often deeply important to their holders, providing the framework for their entire worldview. In this course, we will investigate a number of issues about religious worldviews ? about their content (Is religious language to be taken literally or metaphorically? What is the nature of God and its attributes?), as well as about their reasonableness (Are there good arguments for or against the existence of God? Do we have good evidence for belief in God ? and what is good evidence anyway?). The focus of the course will be on the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism), which share similar conceptions of the role of God and its nature. The course welcomes students both with and without religious commitments, and is run in a spirit of respectful yet rigorous inquiry.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Antony Eagle
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate understanding of some central philosophical debates in contemporary philosophy of religion.
- Analyse contemporary and historical argumentative texts and extract the relevant views and arguments from them.
- Accurately present philosophical arguments in written form and oral contexts (individual and/or group).
- Evaluate philosophical arguments about religion, providing appropriate grounds.
- Identify and use relevant evidence to support hypotheses in philosophy of religion.
- Present a sustained argumentative case in written form, addressing potential counterarguments and objections.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Set readings are provided online through an electronic reading list distributed through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is taught by a mixture of online lectures and whole-class workshops. There are about 2 hours worth of lecture recordings per week, broken up typically into 3–5 topic-focussed videos.
The workshop is devoted to discussion of weekly lecture material. Students engage with an online discussion board prior to the workshop, which gives everyone a chance to engage with the material substantively before the class takes place. Participation is assessed based on the pre-class discussion board; attendance at the workshop itself is optional.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Workload Total Hours per semester Structured Learning 1 x 2 hour lecture per week 24 1 x 1 hour workshop, 10 per semester 10 Self-directed Learning Required reading (6 hours per week) 72 Discussion forum preparation, 1 hour per week 12 Assignment preparation (3 hours per week) 38 TOTAL 156
Learning Activities Summary
WEEK LECTURE TOPIC 1 Introduction; the concept of God Part I: Does God Exist? 2 Ontological arguments 3 Cosmological arguments 4 Argument(s) from Evil 5 God and morality Part II: The Divine Attributes 6 Omnipotence 7 Omniscience Part III: Belief in God 8 Pascal’s wager 9 The Ethics of Belief 10 The rationality of faith 11 The significance of religious disagreement Conclusion 12 The interpretation of religious language
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ASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S) Research Essay Summative/Formative 50% 1,2,3,4,5,6 Short Essay Summative/Formative 35% 1,2,3,4 Discussion tasks Formative/Summative 15% 1,2,3,4,5
Assessment Description Weighting Research Essay Essay of ~2500 words covering a topic from the latter part of the course. Essays will be expected to go beyond prescribed course material and will require further research. 50% Short Essay Essay of ~1500 words covering a topic from the first part of the course. Essays will likely focus on prescribed course material. 35% Discussion tasks Students providing a short answer (~150 words) to a prior suggested question through an online discussion board, as the basis for in-class discussion. Evaluated over the course of the semester. Evaluation focussed primarily on participation and development rather than summative achievement. 15%
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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