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Unit information: First Extended Essay in 2015/16

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Unit name First Extended Essay
Unit code PHIL30107
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Everett
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Philosophy
Faculty Faculty of Arts


Philosophy Extended Essay units allow students to undertake a project of independent study, in the course of which they will engage in extensive personal reasearch into a philosophical question or topic of their choosing, subject to departmental approval. Students will discuss initial reading with a member of staff who is supervising the project, and then are expected to research the subject matter independently, periodically discussing progress with the supervisor, who will help the student shape his or her developing ideas. The student will be working towards the production of an essay of between five and seven thousand words, of which the supervisor will read and comment upon an single draft.


To allow students to independently explore philosophical questions of personal interest, and to develop understanding of the issues involved to significant depth, as well as the writing skills associated with producing an independent piece of work of extended length.

Intended learning outcomes

Students successfully completing this unit will have developed a deep understanding of some area of or question in philosophy of personal interest, and the research and writing skills necessary to tackle an independent project of extended length.

Teaching details

Personal reading and research, and one-to-one discussion meetings with the member of staff supervising the project, plus feedback on a single draft of the Extended Essay.

Assessment Details

Students will be required to submit an essay of between 5000 and 7000 words for assessment, upon which 100% of the summative assessment will be based. Formative feedback comes in the form of discussion with the supervisor, and comments provided on a single draft of the essay.

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