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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2001: Phenomenology

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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:

  • Introduction to Phenomenology & Franz Brentano and his Influence on Edmund Husserl
  • Edmund Husserl – Phenomenology and the Phenomenological Method
  • Edmund Husserl – Intentionality & Transcendental Phenomenology
  • Edmund Husserl – Internal Time Consciousness, the Crisis & the Lifeworld
  • Edith Stein – The Other and Empathy
  • Martin Heidegger – Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Being and Time
  • Jean-Paul Sartre – The Body, the Look and the Other
  • Simone de Beauvoir – Feminist Phenomenology and The Second Sex
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty – Existential Phenomenology and the Phenomenology of Perception
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty – Embodied Subjectivity and a Phenomenology of Embodiment
  • Emmanuel Levinas – Phenomenological Ethics

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures. Lectures provide you with detailed overview and analysis of key thinkers and texts in the phenomenological tradition; lectures cover more ground than is possible in tutorials, and are designed to establish a context in which to think about the themes, thinkers and texts discussed in tutorials.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities55 x 1 Hour Fortnightly tutorials. A specific reading is assigned, and you are provided with a list of key issues to identify and discuss for each tutorial. Texts are carefully chosen as classic exemplars of the core course themes.
Guided Independent Study45Preparation for lectures and tutorial participation including reading and planning.
Guided independent study83.5Independent research for glossary entry and essay.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).