Beginning Philosophy - PHI00001C

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Helen Chappell
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This module aims to introduce students to the methods of thinking and writing typical of Philosophy, and to some important philosophical topics that are not covered in other philosophy modules.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

The module aims to help first year students develop the academic skills needed to study philosophy at university, and to introduce them to a range of philosophical topics.

Module learning outcomes

Students who complete the module satisfactorily will have developed skills in reading and writing philosophy, and in critical thinking.

Module content

This module aims to introduce you to the methods of thinking and writing typical of Philosophy, and to some important philosophical topics that are not covered in your other modules. It consists of two parts. The first is an online module in the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which addresses writing skills and critical thinking, and which is assessed by online multiple choice tests. The site also contains a great deal of optional material to support your learning in other modules. All students studying Philosophy modules must complete this element.

In addition there is a lecture series introducing various philosophical topics, to give you a flavour of what philosophy is about beyond what you study in your other first year modules. At the end of the spring term you will submit an assessed essay on a topic of your choice from these lectures, following the writing advice given in the online material. An introductory lecture in Week 2 of the autumn term will explain the module more fully.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 60
Essay/coursework
Online Mulitiple Choice Assesment Test
N/A 40

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 60
Essay/coursework
Online Mulitiple Choice Assesment Test
N/A 40

Module feedback

Online feedback of results for multiple-choice tests; written feedback for essays. Advice available from module tutor.

Indicative reading

None. The online module includes advice on suitable reading, and each lecture will be supported by a reading list.



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