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Undergraduate Course: Chinese Philosophy (PHIL10179)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is an introduction to some of the key debates and ideas in Chinese Philosophy.
Course description This course is intended as an introduction to some of the key debates and ideas in Chinese Philosophy. Through a close reading of some of the most influential texts in e.g. Confucianism and Daoism, students will develop an understanding of the variety of philosophical approaches in Chinese Philosophy and how these may relate to approaches to Western Philosophy. This course will not assume any previous knowledge in the area. All reading will be in English translation.

Suggested reading:
Interested students may enjoy reading the following books in preparation for/alongside the course as an introduction to the area.
Puett, P. M., & Gross-Loh, C. (2017). The Path: A New Way to Think About Everything. Viking.
(A highly accessible introduction to the main ideas in Classical Chinese Philosophy aimed at the general public. Written by a professor of Chinese Philosophy at Harvard).

Fung, Y.-L. (1997). A Short History of Chinese Philosophy: A Systematic Account of Chinese Thought from Its Origins to Present Day. (D. Bodde, Ed.) (Reissue edition). Free Press.
(An academic but very readable introduction to the main schools of Chinese thought from the classical period to the present.)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) AND Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who have not taken Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) and Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) must gain permission from the Course Organiser before enrolling on this course.
Students studying on MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organiser before enrolling.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial 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) Mid-term essay of 1,500 words (40%)«br /»
End-of-semester essay of 2,500 words (60%)
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key debates in Chinese Philosophy
  2. Independently analyse the most influential texts in Chinese Philosophy
  3. 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
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Course organiserDr Mog Stapleton
Tel: (0131 6)50 3484
Course secretaryMiss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961
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