PHIL20038 Nietzsche and Critics

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2x 1-hour lectures each week and 1x 1-hour tutorial (weeks 2-12)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

One of the following subjects is recommended but not required:

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Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Andrew Inkpin


Dr Andrew Inkpin


Subject Overview:

Nietzsche’s bold and original challenges to traditional morality and the primacy of reason have made him one of the best known and most influential of modern thinkers. This course provides a broad introduction to Nietzsche as a philosopher by addressing his views on a range of themes such as tragedy, history, morality, knowledge, the eternal recurrence and the will to power. We also consider some of Nietzsche’s more prominent critics and the wide range of interpretations to which his rich but controversial work have given rise.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • acquire a braod understanding of the central themes and aims of Nietzsche's thought as well as a deeper critical understanding of some of those issues through independent study and assessments;
  • develop the ability to understand critical commentary on Nietzsche's work and to ass independently its relevance for contemporary debates within and beyond philosophy;
  • appreciate the difficulties of engaging with historically important and provocative philosophical works, and acquire skills in the careful interpretation and balanced critical evaluation of such works;
  • work individually and in groups to interpret philosophical texts, explain clearly and critically evaluate the ideas contained in them.

A 2000 words essay, 50% (due mid-semester), a take-home examination, 50% (during the end of semester examination period).

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% tutorial participation. Regular participation in tutorials is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After 5 working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Set readings for this subject will be made available via the LMS.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Links to further information: http://www.philosophy.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: European Studies
Philosophy Major
Social Theory
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