PY434-5-SU-CO:
Texts in Practical Philosophy

The details
2019/20
Philosophy
Colchester Campus
Summer
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Monday 20 April 2020
Friday 26 June 2020
15
02 September 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

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.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to foster research skills and deep understanding of a text or texts in practical philosophy.

Module learning outcomes

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.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

1 x two-hour lecture per week 1 x two-hour seminar per week 1 x two-hour reading group per week

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Group Oral Presentation 25%
Coursework 3500 Word Essay 29/05/2020 75%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Lorna Finlayson
spahinfo@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

Dr Thomas Joseph Stern
University College London
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 27 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
27 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Philosophy

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