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PHIL6048 Philosophy Individually Negotiated Topic 1

Module Overview

An Individually Negotiated Topic offers you the opportunity to explore in detail some central themes in a philosophical area of your choice. The areas that can be studied vary but may include, among others, Plato, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Wittgenstein, Contemporary Aesthetics, History of Aesthetics, Ethics, Epistemology, Philosophical Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science, Feminist Philosophy.

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 themes, problems and arguments in the texts studied
  • the relationship between the different texts studied, where appropriate.
  • how to undertake independent research appropriate to the production of an assessed essay
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • understand complex philosophical texts. This involves: • identifying the central themes and problems in a philosophical text • identifying main views and solutions offered by the authors • identifying authors’ arguments in support of the above
  • critically assess complex philosophical texts. This involves: • identifying and explaining solutions to the philosophical questions and problems proposed in the central texts • assessing the cogency and success of the above • identifying and explaining other possible solutions and assessing their relative merits
  • articulate, present and debate philosophical ideas, both orally and in writing, in an open-minded but rigorous way
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • research a complex topic independently
  • present the outcome of your research orally in a seminar context
  • engage in group discussion, making and taking constructive criticism
  • summarise the central themes, questions, problems and solutions related to that topic
  • critically assess the cogency and success of proposed solutions
  • write a clear and well-structured overview of the main issues, possible problems and solutions relevant to topic being examined
  • manage the time and resources available to you in order to achieve success in the above tasks


The syllabus will vary depending on the topic you choose, and your interests concerning that topic.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching activities include • Tutorials Learning activities include • Reading assigned material • Attending tutorials and contributing to discussion • Doing research for and writing assessed essays

Completion of assessment task40
Follow-up work20
Preparation for scheduled sessions60
Wider reading or practice20
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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