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Happiness, Goodness and Justice

Undergraduate | MAQ-PHIX1032 | 2024

Previously MAQ-PHIX132

Ask questions about the nature of happiness. Address atheism and religion as you deconstruct what it means to be morally good. Question the relationship between politics and justice. Read up on philosophical arguments by Kant and Aristotle.

Study method
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Enrol by
14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024,
9 Dec 2024

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Happiness, Goodness and Justice

About this subject

  • On successful completion you will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate elementary understanding of key moral and political theories.
    2. Evaluate, in an elementary way, contemporary social issues that concern happiness, goodness, and justice, using philosophical ideas and methods.
    3. Summarise and explain a philosophical text and its key features at an elementary level.
    4. Reflect critically on philosophical theories and arguments at an elementary level.
    5. Formulate and defend your own ideas with clarity and rigour, in a logical, structured argument, at an elementary level.
    6. Engage constructively and respectfully with the views of others, even if you disagree with them.

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PHI110 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-PHIX132 (Not currently available)


If you have no prior university experience, you should complete BAR100 Academic Learning Skills or COM10006 Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before starting this subject.
NCCW (pre-2020 units)
PHI110, PHL132, PHIL132, PHIX132
NCCW (2020 and onwards)
PHIL1032 Happiness, Goodness and Justice

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Arts

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