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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Rob Trueman
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module summary

This module balances group work with independent study: students will work together and support one another on their research projects; however, each student will be assessed on an essay that they produce as a result of their own independent research.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2023-24

Module aims

  • To enable students to work independently on a well-defined philosophical project, chosen from a list of available projects.

  • To provide students with an opportunity to work in a collaborative and supportive research environment.

  • To develop students’ abilities to apply philosophical tools and techniques, in order to advance our understanding of intellectual problems, and to work independently.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to …

  • analyse and evaluate classic and cutting-edge work on the topic covered in their chosen project.

  • articulate and defend informed opinions on the topic covered in their chosen project.

  • work with students to produce a collaborative and supportive research environment.

  • undertake a substantial piece of independent research, culminating in an academic essay.

Module content

Students will work on one of several projects offered by members of the Philosophy Department, which build on material already covered in other modules. Students on the same project will meet together, along with a project-leader, to discuss the topic of the project. Students will be empowered to set the direction of these project meetings; for example, students may be asked to choose the readings for a given seminar, or given the opportunity to present their own work.

Although students will work collaboratively in their project meetings, the final product of this module is a piece of independent research: a 4,000 word essay on a question related to the chosen philosophical project.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay Plan
N/A 10
Summative Essay
N/A 90

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay Plan
N/A 10
Summative Essay
N/A 90

Module feedback

Formative feedback will be returned at a time agreed with the project leader.

Summative assessment feedback will be returned within current guidelines for turnaround.

Indicative reading

Key texts will depend upon the philosophical project chosen.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.