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Undergraduate Course: Late Modern Philosophy (PHIL10175)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to important concepts, movements, and thinkers within the 'late modern' period of philosophy between Kant and the early 20th century.
Course description What happened in philosophy in Europe between Kant and the early 20th century? This period encompasses many thinkers and movements of enduring relevance today. They are still relevant because they set the terms of questions that philosophers are still asking, or because important currents of contemporary philosophy are defined in terms of their opposition to these late modern movements. This course will introduce you to a range of thinkers and texts from this period. Together we will try to understand and critically engage with some of the philosophical concerns and projects that motivated late modern thinkers, and consider their relevance to philosophy today.

The thinkers and texts covered will vary from year to year, but the period covered by the course usually includes: Kant and post-Kantian thought; Hegel and Marx and the roots of existentialist and phenomenological philosophy (in e.g. Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre, and de Beauvoir).

For more information on the specific topics and texts which will be covered in a given year, please contact the course organiser.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) AND Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who have not taken Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) and Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) must gain permission from the Course Organiser before enrolling on this course.
Students studying on MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organiser before enrolling.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year Philosophy courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
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 32, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Final essay (50%) 2,500 words
Final exam (40%)
Participation (10%)
Feedback Discussion of essay plan and examples in weekly tutorials; opportunity to discuss essay plan in weekly office hours.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Late Modern Philosophy (PHIL10175) Final Exam2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate core skills in philosophy, including interpreting and critically engaging with philosophical texts, evaluating arguments and theories, and developing one's own ideas in response to the issues discussed.
  2. Articulate and defend your own views regarding the topics and theories covered by the module.
  3. Compare and contrast the concepts and theoretical frameworks covered by the course with those used in other areas of philosophy.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of key figures and texts from late modern philosophy.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPhilosophy,History of Philosophy,Late Modern Philosophy
Course organiserDr Berislav Marusic
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