Philosophy Capstone Module

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 25 April 2021
Friday 02 July 2021
16 May 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA V500 Philosophy,
BA V501 Philosophy (Including Year Abroad),
BA V502 Philosophy (Including Foundation Year),
BA V503 Philosophy (including Placement Year),
MPHIV599 Philosophy,
MPHIVA98 Philosophy (Including Placement Year),
MPHIVA99 Philosophy (Including Year Abroad),
BA VV53 Philosophy and Art History,
BA VV54 Philosophy and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV55 Philosophy and Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA VV5H Philosophy and Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VV15 Philosophy and History,
BA VV16 Philosophy and History (Including Placement Year),
BA VV51 Philosophy and History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV5C Philosophy and History (Including Year Abroad),
BA MVC5 Philosophy and Law,
BA MVC6 Philosophy and Law (Including Placement Year),
BA MVC8 Philosophy and Law (Including Foundation Year),
BA VM51 Philosophy and Law (Including Year Abroad),
BA QV25 Philosophy and Literature,
BA QV26 Philosophy and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA VQ52 Philosophy and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA VQ5F Philosophy and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA LV25 Philosophy and Politics,
BA LV26 Philosophy and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA LV2H Philosophy and Politics (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA LV2M Philosophy and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA LV8M Philosophy and Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA LV35 Philosophy and Sociology,
BA LV36 Philosophy and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA LV83 Philosophy and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA VL53 Philosophy and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA V5M8 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA V5M9 Philosophy with Human Rights,
BA V5MX Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA V6M9 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA V590 Philosophy with Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA V5R9 Philosophy with Modern Languages,
BA VV56 Philosophy, Religion and Ethics,
BA VV57 Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Including Placement Year),
BA VV58 Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV5P Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Including Year Abroad),
BA VV20 Philosophy with Business Management,
BA VV21 Philosophy with Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV22 Philosophy with Business Management (Including Placement Year),
BA VV23 Philosophy with Business Management (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This is an intensive final-year module running over five weeks during the summer term. It is the default capstone project for all Philosophy students and involves a guided and structured approach to support students in completing a research project of their own. It will be co-taught on a particular theme that will vary from year to year.

The theme for Summer term 2020 will be 'Aesthetics' and how it plays a central role in how we live our lives. You may not have studied much or any aesthetics before, but we hope to persuade you that this is not a marginal topic. Philosophers like Kant and Hegel have argued that aesthetic experience plays a crucial role within philosophy, acting as a bridge between pure thinking and concrete experience. According to this view, any philosophy that takes concrete experience seriously also has to recognise the importance of aesthetics. Aesthetics is not a marginal, local activity for either philosopher. You will discover that aesthetics is much broader than you might have thought, while also discovering the philosophical significance of your own interests in arts of all types – popular and classical; visual, musical, performative, written and oral. According to the philosophical approaches we will examine, aesthetics plays an intermediary role within philosophy making possible links between all the main topics you have studied from a philosophical perspective: knowledge, morality, politics, religion, language, even logic! You will discover, if you have not done so already, that you have already been thinking about aesthetics. However, you may not yet have a philosophical framework within which to develop these ideas. By focussing on two of the most important thinkers in aesthetics – and not only historically speaking, for they are still extremely influential up to this day – you will begin to develop your own ways of thinking with, against and in contrast to these thinkers. The first of these thinkers is Immanuel Kant whose Critique of Aesthetic Judgement we will study. Note you do not need to have taken P500 'Kantian Revolutions' in order to take PY455. The main focus of the second part of the module will be Hegel's Aesthetics. However, we will also consider Hegel's Philosophy of Right to get a better grasp of the role of aesthetics in modern social life.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to provide students with a guided and structured approach to support them in completing a research project of their own.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will have:

developed relevant research skills, such as independence of thought, the capacity to organise and structure a project report, the ability to explore the secondary literature on a particular topic in a more autonomous way, and to develop their own ideas and arguments in pursuing a self-defined project;

deepened their knowledge in the area relevant to the topic they have selected;

developed transferable skills such as time management and communication skills.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and Teaching Methods This is an intensively taught module held over the first five weeks of the summer term. The teaching and guided learning hours will be as follows: Week 30 - 1x1h Intro lecture (by Fiona Hughes and Jörg Schaub) 1x2h lecture (by FH) 1x2h lecture by (JS) 1x1h seminar (by FH) (In class test on line) 1x1h seminar (by JS) 5 hours independent research Week 31 1x2h lecture (by FH) 1x2h lecture by (JS) 1x1h seminar (by FH) 1x1h seminar (by JS) (In class test on line) 5 hours independent research Week 32 1x2h lecture (by FH) 1x2h lecture by (JS) 1x1h seminar (by FH) (In class test on line) 1x1h seminar (by JS) 5 hours independent research Week 33 1x1h lecture (by FH) 1x1h lecture by (JS) 1x1h seminar (by FH) 1x1h seminar (by JS) (In class test on line) 5 hours independent research total of 4 hours contact hours Week 34 - 6hrs research project clinic (individual project feedback session). All teaching events will be accessible to students on and off campus either face-to-face or remotely through online teaching.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Plan for Research Project (700 words)    25% 
Coursework   Final Project Report (2500 words)    50% 
Coursework   Online tests TOTAL (2 of 4)    25% 

Overall assessment

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Fiona Hughes, email:
Dr Joerg Schaub, email:
Dr Jörg Schaub, Dr Fiona Hughes



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 83 hours, 77 (92.8%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
6 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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