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Undergraduate Course: Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment (PHIL08016)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the great texts in the history of philosophy that have been and still are influential in the development of
philosophy. By enhancing their ability to understand a text historically and philosophically the students will come to comprehend the depth and significance
of milestones in the history of philosophy as well as realise how progress is achieved in persisting problems.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 mid-term essay (1500 words)and an exam at the end of the semester.
Coursework counts for 25%; exam for 75%.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment2:00
Learning Outcomes
In completing the course, students will acquire and develop:

An understanding of basic problems in philosophy, for example scepticism concerning knowledge

An appreciation of the value of characteristically philosophical ways of thinking, for example deductive argument.

A foundation for the development of further philosophical understanding, particularly reading primary and secondary philosophical sources.

Analytical skills, such as how to analyse and assess arguments and the concepts that they employ.

An understanding of the differences between philosophical and scientific ways of thinking.

The ability to express philosophical ideas and arguments orally and in writing, with particular attention to qualities such as clarity, precision, and concision.

Through close reading of assigned texts and tutorial discussions, students will learn how to argue effectively and critically in debate while showing deference and respect to other participants and their views.

Skills without peculiar application to philosophy such as working to deadlines; taking notes in lectures or tutorials; critical reading and using library resources (including electronic resources).
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Additional Class Delivery Information Lecturers:
Dr David Levy
Dr Andrew Mason
Professor Dory Scaltsas
Dr Alasdair Richmond
Course organiserDr Pauline Phemister
Tel: (0131 6)51 3747
Course secretaryMiss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961
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