Undergraduate Course: Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the main problems in epistemology and metaphysics. Topics vary by year, and may include: defining knowledge, sources of knowledge, scepticism, disagreement, space and time, universals and particulars, causation, and free will.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Outside students are welcome to take this course. There are no official pre-requisites, and the course will not presuppose material from previous philosophy courses. However, students should be aware that, as this is a second year course, having a background in philosophy is an advantage.
Please note that the first assessment for this course is due by 12pm on Monday 28th January. This deadline will not be extended for any students enrolling on the course in Week 2.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Philosophy course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||5 small assignments. (worth 5% collectively)
1 1,500-word mid-term essay (worth 25%)
1 exam at the end of the semester (worth 70%).
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Knowledge and Reality||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Knowledge and Reality||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the distinctive methods of philosophy.
- Understand the basic problems of epistemology and metaphysics.
- Appreciate of the value of characteristically philosophical ways of thinking.
- Articulate and defend philosophical positions in epistemology and metaphysics.
- Analyize and critically evaluate arguments in epistemology and metaphysics.
|Course organiser||Dr Bryan Pickel
Tel: (0131 6)51 5177
|Course secretary||Ms Alison Lazda
Tel: (0131 6)50 3628