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PH133 - Introduction to Philosophy

  • Module code: PH133
  • Module name: Introduction to Philosophy
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

"This module is team taught by a number of academic staff from the Philosophy department and will give you a wide-ranging introduction to some of the most important issues and works in philosophy. The areas covered will be: Term 1: Ancient Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy Term 2: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics Term 3: Logic"

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: 1.understand main debates in key subject areas of philosophy, such as moral and political philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics, aesthetics, continental philosophy, and logic ; 2.articulate their own view of the relative merits of different positions in key debates and engage critically with other points of view; 3. critically analyse and evaluate philosophical arguments in different subject areas of philosophy ; 4.recognize the distinctive contributions made by various texts that are central to the history of philosophy and critically engage with the arguments presented therein .

Timetabled teaching activities

Students are required to attend the weekly lectures. In addition, there will be staff-led fortnightly tutorials in terms 1 and 2 for which students will be required to prepare short essays. In term 3, there will be weekly seminars which will focus on solving problem sets.

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Other essential notes

"This is a first year core module for PPE students. Other students may be able to take the same course (but it has a different module code PH134 unless you wish to study logic in term 3.) Please note that attendance at both lectures and tutorials and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module "

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: PH133-30)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Computer Science (V7G5) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 1
Optional Core