Texts in Practical Philosophy
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 20 April 2020
Friday 26 June 2020
02 September 2019
Requisites for this module
This 5-week module, held in the Summer term, offers an opportunity for close study and discussion of key texts in the broad area of practical philosophy (e.g. in ethics or political philosophy). The projected programme for this year is to take Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto, split it into chapters or sections, and distribute it over the five weeks - supplemented, where appropriate, by readings from Marx's other works, or by critical responses from his contemporaries and later theorists.
The aim of the module is to foster research skills and deep understanding of a text or texts in practical philosophy.
By the end of the module, students should also have acquired a set of transferable skills, and in particular be able to:
1. define the task in which they are engaged and exclude what is irrelevant;
2. seek and organise the most relevant discussions and sources of information;
3. process a large volume of diverse and sometimes conflicting arguments;
4. compare and evaluate different arguments and assess the limitations of their own position or procedure;
5. write and present verbally a succinct and precise account of positions, arguments, and their presuppositions and implications;
6. be sensitive to the positions of others and communicate their own views in ways that are accessible to them;
7. think 'laterally' and creatively - see interesting connections and possibilities and present these clearly rather than as vague hunches;
8. maintain intellectual flexibility and revise their own position if shown wrong;
9. think critically and constructively.
No additional information available.
1 x two-hour lecture per week
1 x two-hour seminar per week
1 x two-hour reading group per week
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Group Oral Presentation
||3500 Word Essay
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Lorna Finlayson
Dr Thomas Joseph Stern
University College London
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0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
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