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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Philosophical Method (PHIL11009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIts goal is to enhance the student's understanding of philosophical methodology. This will be achieved by studying the structure of philosophical arguments as they appear in a selection of quite demanding cutting-edge philosophical texts, particularly in the core areas of philosophy of epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science.

The course is shared with the Advanced Philosophical Methodology online course (PHIL11137) for blended learning. On-campus students on the shared course will first watch a video lecture (approx. 40 - 50 mins) on Learn and attend fortnightly seminars on campus with the instructor for the week from week 3.
Course description In the course, we will consider various methodologies as they relate to classic and cutting-edge debates on substantive matters. In this manner, we will seek to get a clearer view about how methodological differences can lie at the root of other philosophical disputes while at the same time surveying some methodologically prominent debates.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will be assessed by a 2500 word essay (85%), 500 word essay plan (10%) and and successful participation in the on-line activities associated with the course (5%). How the participation component will be assessed will be made clear to the students at the start of the course.

Essay plan deadline: Thursday 2nd March 2017 by 12 noon
Word limit: 500 words maximum excluding references
Return deadline: Friday 24th March 2017

Essay deadline: Monday 17th April 2017 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
Return deadline: Tuesday 9th May 2017
Feedback Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.

Formative essay deadline: Thursday 2nd March 2017 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 24th March 2017
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have a grasp of fundamental issues in philosophical methodology, e.g. the nature of thought experiments, the role of rational intuitions, conceptual analysis.
  2. critically analyse and engage with literature by key philosophers in this field.
  3. present arguments clearly and concisely both within a classroom context and in a 2,500 word essay.
  4. gain transferable skills in research, analysis and argumentation
Reading List
The full weekly reading list is available on Learn.
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
Graduate Attributes and Skills Both oncampus and online students can develop their ability for independent learning through online resources.
Additional Class Delivery Information The course is taught by Prof Jesper Kallestrup, Dr Wolfgang Schwarz, Dr Anders Shoubye, Dr Matthew Chrisman and Dr Martin Smith.
KeywordsMethodology,Ethics; Epistemology; Mind; Philosophy of Science
Course organiserDr Martin Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 3654
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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