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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL1002A: Knowledge and Reality 1

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce you to classical epistemological and metaphysical questions. It presents and analyzes some classical answers to the question of how we know what we know, and about the nature of reality. The module discusses the early modern debate between rationalists and empiricists, as well as older and newer treatments of such related issues as innate knowledge, substance, scepticism and the value of metaphysics

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. define various technical terms pertaining to epistemology and metaphysics
2. present and discuss different philosophical claims concerning the nature of knowledge and reality
3. evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various epistemological and metaphysical views;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. summarize and discuss several philosophical theories;
5. demonstrate knowledge of essential philosophical concepts;
6. break down philosophical arguments and evaluate them;
7. present and justify their own philosophical views with appropriate arguments
Personal and Key Skills8. communicate ideas clearly and appropriately by written and oral means;
9. discuss abstract ideas in a clear and competent way;
10. engage with on-line interactive material and discussion;
11. engage critically with the assigned readings;
12. engage productively in group discussion.