- Module code: PH107
- Module name: Problems in Philosophy and Literature
- Department: Philosophy
- Credit: 15
Module content and teaching
This first-year module specifically for Philosophy and Literature students falls into three parts. The first term is identical with the Philosophy module Descartes & Mill, and consists in an examination of two key areas of Philosophy - Epistemology & Metaphysics and Ethics - as represented in Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy and Mill's Utilitarianism. In Term 2, the module is taught by a member of the Department of English and investigates key concepts and problems relevant to literary theory, criticism, and philosophical thinking about literature. In Term 3, tutors from both Departments jointly lead the class in study of texts that benefit from combined literary and philosophical study. Authors that have been the focus of this component of the module include Proust, Coetzee, Nietzsche, and Beckett.
Principal learning outcomes
Students should acquire basic knowledge of (1) important figures and debates in the history of philosophy (2)Central concepts and theories of literature and literary criticism. They should acquire: (3) in-depth understanding of an influential literary-philosophical text. Students should also develop their abilities to read, discuss, and write reflectively about philosophical and literary texts, and to combine the approaches and concerns of the two disciplines.
Timetabled teaching activities
The module runs during all three terms, with lectures plus seminar meetings in Terms 1 and 2, and seminar meetings in Term 3.
Other essential notes
This module is only available to students registered for the Philosophy and Literature degree. Please note that attendance at both lectures and seminars and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module
|Assessment group||Assessment name||Percentage|
|15 CATS (Module code: PH107-15)|
|A (Assessed work only)||500 word essay||10%|
|2500 word essay||90%|
This module is available on the following courses:
- Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 1