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PH5067: READINGS IN PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIETY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 Aug 2021 11:25


Course Overview

Readings in Philosophy and Society is a directed reading course offering students the opportunity to engage at length and in depth with the philosophical literature on a topic relevant to problems or questions concerning society. Students will choose from a list of approved topics made available at the beginning of each year and will be subject to the availability of Philosophy staff to supervise. Assessment will include one review of a paper/book of 1,500 words (20%) and one essay of 4,000 words (80%).

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Beth Lord

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course is a required element of the MLitt in Philosophy and Society degree. It is a directed reading course and the content of the course will depend on the interests of the student and the availability of Philosophy staff to supervise on the topic during any given year. Students will each select a topic from a list of approved options that will be provided at the beginning of each year. The structure of the course is supervised reading, research, and discussion. Students will be assigned to a staff member in the relevant field who, in discussion with the student, will develop a list of specific reading areas to be covered over the semester and to offer initial guidance (e.g. questions, reading lists, potential essay topics). Students will conduct reading related to the topic and meet the supervisor (and other students if applicable) every two weeks to discuss their reading and progress on the review and essay. Thus, students will receive approximately 6 hours of supervision over the 12-week period. Assessment will include one review of a paper/book of 1,500 words (20%) and one essay of 4,000 words (80%).


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week9

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Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 80
Assessment Weeks 20 Feedback Weeks 25

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Feedback

The essay will receive in-text as well as overall comments with the aim of providing feedback on the quality of presentation, strength of argumentation, depth of analysis and evaluation, and overall conclusion. It will be subject to moderation.

Word Count 4000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 12 Feedback Weeks 15

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Feedback

One review of a paper/book of 1,500 words (20%). The paper/book review will receive in-text as well as overall comments with the aim of providing feedback on the quality of analysis and evaluation, as well as on writing-style and structure.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

The essay will receive in-text as well as overall comments with the aim of providing feedback on the quality of presentation, strength of argumentation, depth of analysis and evaluation, and overall conclusion. It will be subject to moderation.

Word Count 5000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseEngage critically with debates and issues in the philosophy of religion by understanding and critically appreciating primary texts and their central arguments.
ProceduralCreateDevelop public presentation skills and to lead seminar discussions in an informed and structured way.
FactualUnderstandAcquire knowledge of topics, debates and problems in philosophy of religion by close study of classic works in the history of the tradition.
ConceptualApplyDevelop their capacity for philosophical reasoning, research and writing.
ConceptualCreateExpress complex philosophical ideas and judgement in both oral and written arguments.

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