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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL1004: Philosophical Problems 1

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are both general and specific. The general aims are to introduce you to a way of approaching concrete problems with both clarity of thought and methodological sophistication. However, it will also introduce you to the fundamental nature and underlying motivations behind core areas and debates in philosophy. Too often students are told to read the two sides of a debate in philosophy without being first given an appreciation of why the debates in question are taking place. In stark contrast, this module situates, grounds and motivates key debatesĀ in philosophy, so that you will understand why so much ink has been spilled on certain (often seemingly trivial or obscure) issues.

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. Demonstrate familiarity with some of the canonical problematic examples and dilemmas of philosophy.
2. Demonstrate understanding of what is problematic in these examples, and how a philosopher can respond to them with clarity and sophistication.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Illustrate a variety of philosophical positions on a specific topic.
4. Critically evaluate, orally and in writing, a variety of philosophical positions
Personal and Key Skills5. Engage in complex arguments verbally and in small groups.
6. Analyse, critically engage with, and report accurately upon, existing written material while articulating it within a structured and cogent argument.