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PH304 - Textual Studies

  • Module code: PH304
  • Module name: Textual Studies
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Textual Studies, specifically for final-year Philosophy and Literature students, is taught jointly by tutors from Philosophy and English. The module aims to draw on and consolidate the experience, reading and training of Philosophy and Literature students in their final year, through the intensive and detailed study of texts which are at once of philosophical substance and literary interest. The work of the module falls into two parts: seminar work and tutorial work. The seminar carries out in-depth study of a small range of texts and aims to explore the way they involve the interaction of philosophical and literary elements. Authors studied have included: Plato, Augustine, Rousseau, Coleridge, Nietzsche, Woolf, and Nabokov. Students simultaneously work on an independently developed research essay, guided by tutorials with both tutors.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should have acquired a sophisticated understanding of the texts studied, of the interaction of different types of philosophical and literary analysis and critique, and of the key seminar themes and problems. They should have developed the ability to analyse, interpret and argue in ways that cross the interdisciplinary divide, while respecting the integrity of differing literary and philosophical traditions. Through their more individual, tutorial-guided work for the assessed essay they should have developed research skills and the ability to articulate and develop their own intellectual and imaginative projects in a scholarly manner.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module is normally taught via seminars and tutorials. The seminar meets for 3 hours per week for 9 weeks across Terms 1 and 2, and 2 tutorials are held with each student, one in the second half of each of Terms 1 and 2.

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Other essential notes

Please note this module is only available to students in their final year on the BA in Philosophy & Literature .Please note that attendance at both seminars 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: PH304-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 4
Optional Core