Postgraduate Course: The Structure of Being MSc (PHIL11145)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The study of the ontologies of Aristotle; Plato/Russell; David Lewis; David Armstrong; and more.
The coursework involves close and critical analysis of various historical and current views on central issues in the ontology of substances.
The course will be shared with the undergraduate course The Structure of Being (PHIL10112).
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.
The course will focus on the ontology of what there is. Such topics as:
- subjects & essences;
- parts & wholes;
- properties; relations; tropes; states of affairs;
- matter & form hylomorphism
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2500 word essay.
Assignment deadline: Monday 17th April 2017 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
Return deadline: Tuesday 9th May 2017
||The students are constantly encouraged to engage with the lecturer on the issues of the course and also to discuss questions with the lecturer on the topics of the course.
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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- read, critically assess and discuss some of the most important texts on central issues in the ontology of substances.
- develop their skills in individual research through the writing of essays, and to develop their critical, analytic and communication skills normally achieved through informal discussion and oral presentations
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The critical thinking expected from the graduate students is of a higher level than of the undergraduates, as is their understanding of the problems at hand.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course will be taught be Prof Dory Scaltsas.
|Keywords||subjects & essences; parts & wholes; properties; matter & form hylomorphism; realism; nominalism
|Course organiser||Prof Theodore Scaltsas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3649
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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