Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton

PHIL3009 Heidegger

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce and explain some central themes of Heidegger’s early masterpiece, Being and Time. It will explore central concepts such as Being-in-the-world and authenticity and how they relate to established philosophical issues, including external world scepticism, other minds scepticism, the nature of mind, language, self and science.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the central issues that the early Heidegger addresses
  • the concepts and arguments that he draws upon
  • how the issues you explore in this module relate to other areas of philosophy
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • interpret, synthesise and criticise complex texts and positions.
  • present ideas, both orally and in writing, clearly and carefully.
  • debate and criticise ideas and arguments in an even-handed fashion.
  • articulate and defend your own views regarding the issues the module concerns.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • undertake independent work, including identifying and using appropriate resources.
  • work effectively to deadlines.
  • take notes from talks and written materials.
  • contribute to discussion in a critical but dispassionate way.
  • express views clearly and concisely.


The content of this module may vary from year to year. Topics that may be covered include: 1) Being-in-the-world 2) The Questions of Being and of Understanding 3) The Present-at-hand and the Ready-to-hand 4) Scepticism and truth 5) Authenticity, das ‘Man’ and Anxiety 6) Conscience and time 7) Guilt, Being-a-whole and Being-towards-death

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Reading the relevant material, attendance at lectures; taking notes; contributing to discussion in lectures; doing research for and working in groups to prepare presentations; doing research for and preparing for the timed essay; applying techniques and skills learned both inside and outside the module to your reading and writing.

Wider reading or practice24
Completion of assessment task22
Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Follow-up work24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

W Blattner (2006). Heidegger’s Being and Time. 

S Mulhall (1996). Heidegger and Being and Time. 

H L Dreyfus (1991). Being-in-the-World. 

M.Heidegger, trans. J. Macquarrie and E. Robinson (1962). Being and Time. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (20 minutes) 40%
Timed Assignment  (2000 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Share this module Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo
Privacy Settings