Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL3054: Philosophy of Psychiatry
This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.
Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:
1. What is psychiatry?
2. What is mental illness?
3. Issues in psychiatric diagnosis
4. Mental illness, moral responsibility and the boundaries of the person
5. Religion, society and pathology
6. Schizophrenia and psychosis
7. Hearing voices
8. Delusions and the nature of belief
9. Depression: philosophical issues
10. Addiction and the will
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||11||11 x 1 hour lectures. Lectures provide you with detailed overview and analysis of debates and positions in the philosophy of psychiatry.|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||11||11 x 1 hour seminars. Seminars build on the content of the lectures and involve free-flowing yet guided debate between students. Each student, as part of their formative assessment, will be asked in one of the seminars to deliver a 10 minute presentation that will serve to promote class discussion.|
|Guided Independent Study||44||Preparation for lectures and seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||84||Independent research for presentation and coursework essay|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).