Undergraduate Course: Philosophy Work (Year Abroad, MEL) (PHIL10056)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Course type||Year Abroad
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
Philosophy courses taken in English (where available) or the appropriate foreign language during the year abroad
The students take a distance course that covers major themes in Philosophical Methodology.
This course covers major themes in philosophical methodology. Topics will vary, but may include: modal arguments in metaphysics; modal epistemology; the connection between analyticity, apriority, and necessity; Leibniz┐s Law; paradoxes; reflective equilibrium; thought experiments, the role of intuition, ontological commitment, semantic methodology, and conceptual analysis; and whether various philosophical disputes are verbal disputes.
Following the model of many existing philosophy honours courses, the students will be assessed for participation based on their posting on a discussion board on the course LEARN page. Students who email questions will be encouraged to also post these on the discussion board so as to generate interaction among the participants.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Placement Study Abroad Hours 42,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have a grasp of fundamental issues in philosophical methodology, e.g. the nature of thought experiments, the role of rational intuitions, conceptual analysis.
- Be able to critically analyse and engage with literature by key philosophers in this field.
- Be able to present arguments clearly and concisely both within a classroom context and in a 2,000 word essay.
- Gain transferable skills in research, analysis and argumentation.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Online Lectures 10 Hours
|Course organiser||Dr Bryan Pickel
Tel: (0131 6)51 5177
|Course secretary||Miss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961