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Doing Philosophical Psychology (PH139-12)

TIMING & CATS

This module runs in the Spring Term and is only for first year students studying the Philosophy with Psychology degree. It is worth 12 CATS.

MODULE DESCRIPTION

This module uses a problem-based learning approach to foster the development of reading, presentation and essay writing skills. Students are assigned to small tutorial groups, each of which meets the module tutor for one hour per week to present and discuss the results of self-directed work. Over the course of the term, students typically work on three key topics that combine philosophical and psychological research. They will be given tasks such as finding relevant literature in the library, defining key concepts, identifying patterns of argument, preparing essay plans, giving oral presentations. Assessment for this module will be based on student essays.

LEARNING OUTCOMES OR AIMS

By the end of the module students should be able to read philosophical and psychological papers with understanding, engage in informed critical discussion drawing on both scientific evidence and philosophical distinctions, write a well structured, critical essay on a topic in philosophical psychology, and make effective uses of library resources.

CONTACT TIME

1 hour tutorial per week.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

This module is formally assessed in the following way:

  • 2 x 1500 word essays

Three essays in total must be submitted during the course of this module and the two with the highest marks will be used to calculate the final module mark.

Deadlines for the assessed pieces of work are as for Doing Philosophy (PH122)

BACKGROUND READING AND TEXTBOOKS

There is no textbook for this course. Students are required to journal articles. Topics vary each year; for an indication, see the topics from 2013/4.

COURSE MATERIALS

2014/15