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Postgraduate Course: Metaphysics MSc (PHIL11156)

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
SummaryThis course is an advanced introduction to metaphysics.
Course description Metaphysics is the study of the most basic and general features of reality. This course will focus on a range of traditional and contemporary problems in metaphysics. Specific topics to be discussed may include: universals and particulars; objects, properties and events; composition and constitution; the nature of necessity and possibility; fundamentality; ontological dependence; realism and anti-realism about truth; conceptual relativity; and the question 'Why is there something rather than nothing?'

Shared with undergraduate course Metaphysics PHIL10155.

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.
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:  8
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 50 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 5 written assignments of 400-500 words, each worth 10%; final essay of 2500 words worth 50%.

Final essay deadline: Monday 19th December 2016 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 20th January 2017
Feedback - class discussion
- written assignments
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate core skills in philosophy, including the ability to interpret and engage with philosophical texts, to evaluate arguments, and to develop one's own critical ideas in response.
  2. show an understanding of some of the central problems in metaphysics and of leading approaches to resolving them.
  3. analyse these problems and the strengths and weakness of various approaches made to resolving them.
Reading List
Available on Learn.
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn
Graduate Attributes and Skills Textual analysis.
Critical interpretation.
Developing an argument.
Written communication.
Oral debate.
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will be taught by Dr Nick Treanor.

The course has a 1 hour lecture and 2 x 1 hour tutorial teaching arrangement in place; students must go to ALL lectures and choose only ONE tutorial group shared with undergraduate. Students do not attend both shared tutorial groups.
Course organiserDr Nick Treanor
Tel: (0131 6)51 3085
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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