2018 Winter School Subject List

Philosophy of Happiness (PHIL2647) - Opens 04 Oct 2016

Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Mr Matthew Hammerton - matthew.hammerton@anu.edu.au

(1) Mr Matthew Hammerton - matthew.hammerton@anu.edu.au

Start Date: 16 Jan 2017 
End Date: 22 Feb 2017 
Capacity: 50 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 04 Oct 2016 
Applications Close: 04 Jan 2017 
Census date: 30 Jan 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 30 Jan 2017 
Available to audit: Yes
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Prerequisite: - 

    12 Junior credit points


We all want to be happy and to live a worthwhile life. But what is happiness? Why should we want it? And how do we get it? These are among the most fundamental questions of philosophy. We will evaluate the answers of major thinkers from ancient and modern and eastern and western traditions; and consider the implications of current psychological research into the causes of happiness for the question of how to live well, as individuals and as a society.


2x 500wd Argument Analysis Exercise (20%), 1x2000wd Research essay (35%), 1x2000wd Take-home Exercise (35%), Tutorial participation (10%)


Start Date: 16 Jan 2017     End Date: 22 Feb 2017

Lectures: Mon & Wed: 10:00 - 12:00 hrs

Tutorials: Mon & Wed: 13:00 - 14:00 hrs


Lectures: Quadrangle Building, Oriental Room S204

Tutorials: Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 119


Reader obtainable from the copy centre.