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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2001: Phenomenology

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Luna Dolezal (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module offers a critical introduction to phenomenology, one of the most important philosophical movements of the twentieth century. The development of phenomenology heralded a radically new way of doing philosophy, moving away from metaphysical speculation of so-called ‘pseudo-problems’ towards rich descriptions of concrete lived experience. In this module you will trace the origins and development of phenomenology across key thinkers and themes in the 20th century, starting with the thinking of Franz Brentano and the development of the phenomenological method by Edmund Husserl at the turn of the century. You will systematically explore the distinctive development and use of phenomenology by several key 20th century thinkers, including Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Edith Stein, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Emmanuel Levinas. Themes that will be critically considered through a phenomenological lens include: intentionality, perception, consciousness, embodiment, intersubjectivity, self-consciousness, the lifeworld, ethics and emotion. Topics in contemporary applied phenomenology will also be considered including illness and feminism. The module will offer you an important grounding in and understanding of the influential philosophical movement of phenomenology.

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