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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Philosophy

Undergraduate Course: Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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, scepticism, testimony, disagreement, modality, universals and particulars, causation, free will, and social/feminist metaphysics and epistemology.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Philosophy course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  342
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed by a Mid-Term Essay (25%), Short Assignments (5%), and a Final Assignment (70%).
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the distinctive methods of philosophy.
  2. Understand the basic problems of epistemology and metaphysics.
  3. Appreciate of the value of characteristically philosophical ways of thinking.
  4. Articulate and defend philosophical positions in epistemology and metaphysics.
  5. Analyze and critically evaluate arguments in epistemology and metaphysics.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Course URL https://www.ed.ac.uk/ppls/philosophy/current/undergraduate/handbooks
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Aidan McGlynn
Tel: (0131 6)51 6333
Email: amcglynn@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Vera Spiliotakou
Tel: (0131 6)50 3628
Email: Vera.Spiliotakou@ed.ac.uk
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