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Problems in Philosophy and Literature (PH107-15)

Timing & CATS

The module runs in the Autumn Term and is worth 15 CATS.

Module Description

To introduce students to the combined study of philosophy and literature: the module will be jointly taught by staff from Philosophy and English and will address themes and questions of shared importance within philosophy and literature. It will study texts that benefit from drawing on the methods and concerns of both disciplines.

Learning Outcomes or Aims

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Understand how central themes are addressed in the core texts, and understand how philosophical and literary concerns combine in the address of these themes;
  • Articulate their own views on how to interpret and evaluate the achievements of the core texts, showing ability to support claims with textual detail, enter into debate and respond constructively to other points of view;
  • Critically analyse and evaluate philosophical and interpretive arguments on central issues in philosophy and literature;
  • Recognize the distinctive contributions made by various texts that have combined philosophical and literary significance.

Contact Time

Students must attend 1.5 hrs of a combined lecture/seminar each week



Assessment Method

This module is formally assessed as follows:

  • 1 x 500 word assessed exercise (worth 10% of the module)
  • 1 x 2,500 word essay (worth 90% of the module)
  • Advice on writing essays

Course Materials

From October 2016 course materials will be available on Moodle. Simply sign in and select the module from your Moodle home page.

Module Tutors:


Dr Karen Simecek

K dot D dot Simecek at warwick dot ac dot uk


Professor Emma Mason

emma dot mason at warwick dot ac dot uk