The Big Questions

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Big Questions

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course considers some of the most difficult questions about life. Possible topics: What?s the meaning of life? Does God exist? What is human nature? Are we free? Is there a single true morality? Is there life after death? Would it be good to live forever? What is happiness?

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate a broad introductory-level knowledge of the topics covered in the course
    2. apply this knowledge in the critical analysis to the central philosophical issues raised by
    these topics
    3. develop and practice their critical writing skills.

    In-calss test- 15%
    Tutorial exercises- 15%
    Essay- 35%
    Final Exam- 35%

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