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Philosophy in Practice (PH137-15)

Timing & CATS

This module has been discontinued from 2017-18.

Module Description

The aim of this module is to develop students’ philosophical, and transferable skills more generally, by putting them into practice. The aim is to get students to engage philosophically with current affairs and to present the fruits of that engagement in an accessible and professional manner.
The module will be project-based: students will produce an annotated bibliography, essay and presentation on a philosophical topic of contemporary interest, e.g., ethics of war, assisted suicide, abortion and reproductive ethics, bringing to bear philosophical skills and understanding acquired on the course.
This will be set against a backdrop of a series of lectures covering the following parts: (i) informal critical reasoning, e.g., developing skills in argument reconstruction, analysis and evaluation, (ii) research, writing and presentation skills; and (iii) consideration of philosophical treatments of contemporary issues.

Learning Outcomes or Aims

At the end of the module students should be able to...

  • Identify and reconstruct arguments into standard form, deploying acquired logical and interpretative skills
  • Accurately deploy concepts of argument evaluation
  • Deploy skills of argument identification reconstruction and evaluation to the understanding and assessment of arguments presented in philosophical works
  • Fruitfully and efficiently utilise the library and other available research resources, e.g., e-journals, in conducting independent research
  • Apply these skills to philosophical arguments in relating to contemporary issues
  • Present philosophical argument and ideas in a clear and concise way, both orally and in written form, and respond to criticism of philosophical argument
  • Employ research, presentation, logical, and interpretative skills gained on the course.
  • Work effectively as part of a group on a joint project


17 x 1 hr lectures per week
8 x 1 hr seminar per week plus 1 x 2hr seminar for assessment of presentations

Lectures for 2016-17

  • Thursdays 4pm to 5pm H0.52
  • Fridays 1pm to 2pm MS.03

Seminars for 2016-17

Sign up for a seminar group using Tabula if you have not been assigned a seminar group in your induction pack.


This module will be formally assessed in the following ways:

1 x 1500 word Essay (75%)

1 x Bibliographic Project (15%)

1 x oral presentation (10%)

The 1500 word essay should be submitted to Tabula in line with the 2016/17 essay deadlines schedule.


Please see the course materials page for a breakdown reading list for each week.

Course materials

Module Tutor


Dr Karen Simecek

K dot D dot Simecek at warwick dot ac dot uk

Teaching Assistants