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Unit information: Philosophical Writing and Research Seminar in 2021/22

Unit name Philosophical Writing and Research Seminar
Unit code PHILM0025
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Lena Zuchowski
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Philosophy
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The seminar identifies distinctive questions and methods of Analytic philosophy; discusses the argumentative and textual strategies of some different historical and contemporary texts; and practice in focusing and structuring written work. Advice on publishing and developing a career in philosophy will be given. Generic academic skills will be taught, e.g. bibliographic practices. Transferable skills will also be covered, such as presentation skills and the use of appropriate ICT.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should:

  1. Have acquired knowledge and understanding of various key issues in central areas of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, moral philosophy, and other areas of value theory,
  2. Be able to construct and analyze sophisticated philosophical arguments and engage with other philosophers in constructive debate. Be able to communicate ideas clearly and effectively to an audience, using blackboard, handouts, data projection (e.g. PowerPoint).

Teaching Information

Lectures, small group work, individual exercises, seminars and virtual learning environment.

Assessment Information

Not assessed qualitatively. Formative assessment by seminar participation and seminar presentations.

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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