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Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Religion (PHIL11026)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will cover a range of issues in contemporary philosophy of religion. Topics covered will include reason and faith; the nature of religious language; issues connected with the idea of God, including the concepts of eternity and omnipotence; arguments for belief in God (including ontological, cosmological and teleological arguments); the problem of evil; the relation of religion to morality.

Shared with the UG course Philosophy of Religion PHIL10007.

For courses co-taught with undergraduate students and with no remaining undergraduate spaces left, a maximum of 8 MSc students can join the course. Priority will be given to MSc students who wish to take the course for credit on a first come first served basis after matriculation.
Course description Topics for the course:

Concepts of God - An Introduction
Omniscience and free will
Ontological Arguments
Cosmological Arguments
Arguments from Design
Religious Experience
Problems of Evil
Religion and morality
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, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  8
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2500 word essay.

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. an understanding of some major issues in the philosophy of religion
  2. an understanding of how these issues relate to continuing debates
  3. an ability to read closely, analyse and criticise philosophical texts
  4. the ability to present and defend arguments
  5. the ability to understand and analyse arguments.
Reading List
Peter van Inwagen, The Problem of Evil.
William Rowe, The Cosmological Argument.
Fischer and Todd, Freedom, Fatalism, and Foreknowledge.
William Hasker, God, Time, and Knowledge
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
Graduate Attributes and Skills Development of general analytical and problem solving skills, and an ability to do independent writing and research.
Additional Class Delivery Information The course is taught by Dr Patrick Todd.

KeywordsGod,concept of God,arguments for theism,problem of evil
Course organiserDr Patrick Todd
Tel: (0131 6)51 5179
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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