20 credits at level HE4
This module aims to introduce students to some key questions, problems and areas of thought in philosophy, notably in metaphysics, theory of knowledge, philosophy of language, logic and ethics. It also aims to support students with skills in researching, planning and writing well argued philosophy essays. Building on this, students will be encouraged to compile a record of their learning experiences and achievement in which they will identify their personal and academic skills and qualities, reflect on the effectiveness of their own performance and set targets for development.
Introduction to the mind-body problem, some problems about perception and reality, and about knowledge and scepticism.
Introduction to key concepts in logic; some issues about the connections between language and reality.
Introduction to moral philosophy - some basic concepts and theories, together with their applications.
One one hour lecture per week, in which basic material will be presented. This is followed by a two hour seminar in which students will be encouraged to discuss the topics raised in the lecture, and (where appropriate) complete the exercises handed out. Tutorials. Independent study. The module will also incorporate an introductory session in which the role of the PDP portfolio will be explained, complemented by a feedback and evaluation session at the close of the module for group discussion of PDP. Individual tutorials to discuss the module syllabus and PDP will also be available.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be able to spot fallacies, determine whether a position is consistent or inconsistent, and back your judgement with reasons.||show that you can argue clearly and logically|
|2.||have improved articulacy in identifying underlying issues in all kinds of debate.||demonstrate abilty to grasp underlying issues|
|3.||have greater precision in the analysis and formulation of complex and controversial problems||demonstrate enhanced skills of analysis|
|4.||recognize arguments on both sides of questions||show ability to see both sides of questions|
|5.||review unfamiliar ideas with an open mind, experimenting with fresh approaches and being receptive to innovation||show evidence of open-mindedness, imagination and creativity|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Practice essay (c. 1500 words)||Essay (c. 2000 words)||Reflective learning logbook. This is unmarked, but must be completed to pass the module.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Russell, Bertrand The Problems of Philosophy (1912)
Nagel, Thomas What Does It All Mean? (Oxford:OUP, 1987)
Warburton, Nigel Philosophy: the Basics
|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
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