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Postgraduate Course: Philosophical Methods II (PHIL11192)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe goal of this course is to enhance the student's understanding of philosophical methodology. This will be achieved by studying philosophical arguments and methods as deployed in a selection of cutting-edge philosophical texts, particularly in the areas of philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, and philosophy of law.

The course is shared between online distance learning and on-campus students for blended learning. Online distance learning students on the shared course will first watch a video lecture (approx. 40 - 50 mins) on Learn and attend fortnightly live seminars using the Collaborate system with the instructor for the week from week 3. On-campus students on the shared course will first watch a video lecture (approx. 40 - 50 mins) on Learn and attend fortnightly seminars on campus with the instructor for the week from week 1. The times and locations of those are available in the course timetable.

Please note you're not limited to watching video lectures or studying the online course materials on the weeks the live seminars will run.

Please also note it is not possible to audit this course. Students must only take for credit.
Course description In the course, we will consider various methodologies as they relate to classic and cutting-edge debates on substantive matters. In this manner, we will seek to get a clearer view about how methodological differences can lie at the root of other philosophical disputes while at the same time surveying some methodologically prominent debates.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will be assessed by a 2500 word essay (85%) and a 500 word essay plan (15%).

Essay plan word limit: 500 words maximum (excluding references)

Final essay word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
Feedback Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. grasp fundamental issues in philosophical methodology, e.g. the nature of thought experiments, the role of rational intuitions, conceptual analysis.
  2. critically analyse and engage with literature by key philosophers in this field.
  3. present arguments clearly and concisely both within a classroom context and in a 2,500 word essay.
  4. gain transferable skills in research, analysis and argumentation.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Both on campus and online students can develop their ability for independent learning through online resources.
KeywordsMethodology,Ethics,Epistemology,Mind,Philosophy of Science
Course organiserDr Jason Carter
Tel: (0131 6)51 5512
Course secretaryMs Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)50 3860
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