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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL1006: Introduction to Philosophical Analysis

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

Module Aims

This module has two aims: to introduce you to the various conceptions of philosophy that have existed over time, and to develop your interpretive skills through the study of classic texts. You will be introduced to five different conceptions of philosophy and study  texts illustrative of each, together with critical commentaries.

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. address and assess complex issues analytically
2. demonstrate in writing and orally knowledge of five major conceptions of philosophy, and the abilitycapacity to evaluate the differences between those conceptions
3. evaluate which conception of philosophy better suits your own interests and aims in studying philosophy, and to explain why
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate in writing and orally an abilitycapacity to appreciate clarity as a worthwhile goal of philosophical analysis, and then use this skill to tackle more effectively the specific philosophical issues to which one is drawn.
5. demonstrate basic competence in the production of clear and rigorous analytical examination in written work
Personal and Key Skills6. think clearly and rigorously
7. demonstrate in writing an ability tothe capacity appreciate the virtues of an analytical approach to the consideration of evidence, argument and justification
8. to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task .