Undergraduate Course: Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment (PHIL08016)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the great texts in the history of philosophy that have been and still are influential in the development of
philosophy. By enhancing their ability to understand a text historically and philosophically the students will come to comprehend the depth and significance
of milestones in the history of philosophy as well as realise how progress is achieved in persisting problems.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, 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)
||1 mid-term essay (1500 words)and an exam at the end of the semester.
Coursework counts for 25%; exam for 75%.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment||2:00|
| In completing the course, students will acquire and develop:
An understanding of basic problems in philosophy, for example scepticism concerning knowledge
An appreciation of the value of characteristically philosophical ways of thinking, for example deductive argument.
A foundation for the development of further philosophical understanding, particularly reading primary and secondary philosophical sources.
Analytical skills, such as how to analyse and assess arguments and the concepts that they employ.
An understanding of the differences between philosophical and scientific ways of thinking.
The ability to express philosophical ideas and arguments orally and in writing, with particular attention to qualities such as clarity, precision, and concision.
Through close reading of assigned texts and tutorial discussions, students will learn how to argue effectively and critically in debate while showing deference and respect to other participants and their views.
Skills without peculiar application to philosophy such as working to deadlines; taking notes in lectures or tutorials; critical reading and using library resources (including electronic resources).
|Course organiser||Dr Jonathan Cottrell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3484
|Course secretary||Ms Vera Spiliotakou
Tel: (0131 6)50 3628