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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to the History of Philosophy B (PHIL08020)

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 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the texts, debates, and questions in the history of philosophy (in all traditions).
Course description ***This course is one of two stand-alone introduction courses:
Introduction to the History of Philosophy A
Introduction to the History of Philosophy B
These are non-sequential, independent, courses.***

The aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the texts, debates, and questions in the history of philosophy.

It could cover, in any year, different philosophical traditions, historical periods, philosophical figures, and texts. Specific details for any given year will be outlined in the course handbook.

Students will learn how to understand a text historically and philosophically. Students will learn about key issues in the history of philosophy.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 43, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 153 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Final exam (100%)
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Introduction to the History of Philosophy B (PHIL08020) Final Exam2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive methods of philosophy and the history of philosophy.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the problems and questions in the history of philosophy.
  3. Appreciate the value of characteristically philosophical ways of thinking.
  4. Interpret, analyse, and critically evaluate the main claims and arguments of historical works of philosophy.
  5. Clearly explain, orally and in writing, their interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of historical works of philosophy.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course aims to expand students┬┐ views on philosophy, ensuring they experience a wide range of theories and concepts. They will learn how to challenge their own assumptions and perspectives, and be open minded to philosophical theories from different cultures, as well as the ways in which philosophical arguments can be presented. They will learn how to read and analyse philosophical arguments, and discuss and debate this (respectfully) within tutorials. Through the assessment they will learn how to write academically, and learn how to argue their point of view. The exam will help them write concisely and within limited word counts, as well as good planning and time management.

Core skills gained on this course:
Critical thinking about and beyond the traditional canon (decolonising the canon), challenging personal perspectives and assumptions, critical analysis, being open minded, note taking, academic reading skills, debating respectfully, written communication, writing concisely, cultural sensitivity, time management.
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Course organiserDr Takeshi Morisato
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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