20 credits at level HE5
This module aims to ensure that students acquire core knowledge of primary writings from some of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Students will become conversant with theoretical positions in the field and will learn to employ specialist terminology appropriately. More generally, the module will provide a framework within which more specialist philosophical knowledge can be acquired.
During most of the twentieth century, philosophers in the English-speaking world have had only partial and fleeting glimpses of the work of their counterparts in continental Europe. In the main, English language philosophy has been dominated by ideals of conceptual analysis and formal logic, whilst 'continental' philosophy has ventured into extensive substantive discussions of literary, historical, psychoanalytic and political theory. The aim of this module is to introduce students to some of the theoretical debates surrounding issues in the fields of literature, social theory, cultural studies, Marxism and feminism. Students will become acquainted with extracts from the work of some of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century; thinkers such as Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir, Freud, Lacan, and Derrida.
Teaching and learning methods will involve an interactive lecture component (approximately 50 minutes - 1 hour in length), followed by a seminar discussion (lasting 60-90 minutes). The remaining time will be reserved for personal tutorials. In the seminars we shall extend our discussion of the topic for the session and practice elucidating and evaluating passages from primary texts.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||have gained a good understanding of the key primary texts.
demonstrate understanding of relevant philosophical issues relating to primary texts.
|2.||have acquired an ability to identify and discuss theoretical positions.
demonstrate ability to present informed arguments based on primary texts.
|3.||have acquired an ability to employ specialist terminology appropriately in relation to pertinent textual extracts.
demonstrate an ability to use technical terms correctly in relation to pertinent textual extracts.
|4.||have gained a good understanding of the connections between different philosophical perspectives.
display understanding of the connections between different philosophical perspectives.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Essay, c. 2,500 words||90 minutes exam|
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:
Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex, Penguin 1972
Albert Camus The Outsider, Penguin 1983
Jacques Derrida A Letter to a Japanese Friend, see week ten reading list.
Sigmund Freud Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, Pelican Freud Library vol.1
Martin Heidegger Being and Time, Blackwell 1967
Jacques Lacan 'The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Functioning of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytical Experience' in Ècrits: A Selection, Tavistock/Routledge 1977
Maurice Merleau-Ponty Phenomenology of Perception, Routledge & Kegan Paul 1962
Friedrich Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil, Penguin 1973, Twilight of the Idols, Penguin 1968
Jean-Paul Sartre Existentialism is a Humanism, Methuen 1948, Nausea, Penguin 1965, Being and Nothingness, Routledge 1989
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