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PHIL8001 Philosophy Graduate Class

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To broaden postgraduate students' knowledge and skills by introducing them to new or live debates within philosophy. The class has no assessment specific to it: assessment on PhD/MPhil is by submission of thesis. Class delivers knowledge and skills that assist in preparation for thesis writing.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Broadened knowledge of specific debates in contemporary philosophy
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Skills in reading, listening to, and critically evaluating philosophy at an advanced level.
  • Increased fluency and confidence in engaging with philosophers working in fields other than your own
  • Development of areas of competence in addition to areas of specialisation as represented by PhD thesis


Syllabus will vary, but will be based around contemporary debates in philosophy, selected according to the research interests of the academic staff member taking the course.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lecture Class discussion Assigned reading to complete before each session

Total study time14
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