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Postgraduate Module Descriptor


PHLM010: Introduction to Philosophical Methods

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to introduce you to a range of different philosophical methods. It also aims to encourage you to engage critically with those methods and learn how to apply these methods in your own research.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Understand a range of different methods for approaching philosophical problems
2. Analyse and evaluate those methods in a rigorous, informed and critical way
3. Learn to employ a range of different methods in your own philosophical work
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Appreciate the diversity of different methods used in philosophical research
5. Critically and rigorously evaluate a range of different philosophical styles and approaches
6. Reflect critically upon the relationship between philosophy and other disciplines
Personal and Key Skills7. Engage in complex arguments verbally and in small groups
8. Critically engage with written texts in a clear and rigorous way
9. Present complex ideas to peers and respond to questions in a clear and respectful manner