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The Power of Ideas: Ten Great Books (ARTS90004)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeARTS90004
Semester 2
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Great books teach us how to describe experience, how to evaluate it, and how to imagine its liberating transformation. They deepen our engagement with critical traditions of thought that extend back through time and, by doing this, they enable us to better understand and address key issues facing the world today. Emboldened and impelled by the voices of great thinkers and writers, we gather crucial lessons on leadership, empathy, moral capacity, critical thinking, cultural complexity, social difference, creativity and innovation and arguably the very meaning of being human. Given what we can do in the world today, great books also help us to think about what we should do. This subject provides a critical introduction to ten great works on the basis that answers to the challenges of our era won’t simply come from technical skills, managerial capacity or datasets alone, but from a developed knowledge of the powerful ideas that underpin literature, history and philosophy.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • understand the key import and legacy of ten great books;
  • comprehend the context in which they were produced;
  • appreciate their potential ‘real world’ relevance;
  • enhance their comprehension, critical thinking and analysis skills;
  • develop their capacity for critical and creative thinking through;
  • understand new perspectives of human behavior; and
  • appreciate the power of creative expression and ideas.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • critical analysis and creative thinking skills;
  • leadership and professional communication skills; and
  • developed ethical practice skills.

Last updated: 9 November 2018