Postgraduate Course: Epistemology (Online) (PHIL11131)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course examines the nature of human knowledge and cognition. This area is called 'epistemology' and it is among the classic and continuously prominent sub-fields of philosophy. No previous philosophical or logical expertise is required. Any technical / unfamiliar terms will be defined as we go.
The course covers a range of core topics in epistemology, such as (inexhaustive list): the analysis of knowledge; scepticism; the structure of justification; externalism and internalism about knowledge and justification; feminism and epistemology; contextualism; relativism; knowledge-first epistemology; the norm of assertion; epistemological methodology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Summative Assessment Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students will be assessed by a 2500 word essay at the end of the semester (85%) and successful participation in the on-line activities associated with the course. How the participation component will be assessed will be made clear to the students at the start of the course.
Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
||Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay. The essay cannot be draft of the summative essay but it can be on the same topic.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- articulate central issues, views and concepts in epistemology
- critically analyze and engage with the contemporary epistemological literature.
- present arguments clearly and concisely both within a classroom and in a 2,500-word essay.
- gain transferable skills in research, analysis and argumentation.
- critically discuss philosophical arguments with peers.
|The core text for this course will be Epistemology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), by Duncan Pritchard. Additional readings will be assigned for each individual topic.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students can develop their ability for independent learning through online resources.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Priority for this course will be given to online Epistemology, Ethics and Mind students. Students on any other programme must obtain permission to enrol from the Programme Director.
|Course organiser||Prof Duncan Pritchard
|Course secretary||Ms Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002