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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3080: Philosophical Frontiers

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

  • You will critically engage with work on the frontiers of philosophy through reading a recently published or forthcoming monograph.
  • You will learn research skills in both self-motivated and group contexts.
  • You will develop core philosophical skills such as critical reflection, argumentation and clarity of expression.
  • Examining a cutting-edge monograph will help you cover new research methods and trends; understand the importance of sustaining a philosophical project beyond the journal-article format; and about situating philosophical work within disciplinary context.

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 a cutting-edge philosophical monograph.
2. Critically understand the historical and philosophical context of a piece of cutting-edge philosophy.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Critically analyse and respond to philosophical arguments.
4. Develop your own philosophical ideas.
Personal and Key Skills5. Provide clear and concise written and oral communication skills.
6. Demonstrate comprehension of complex ideas and writing.
7. Show creativity, enabling lateral thinking, new ideas and problem-solving skills.