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Unit information: Phenomenology in 2015/16

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Unit name Phenomenology
Unit code PHIL30114
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Politi
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Philosophy
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will provide an opportunity for an in-depth study of a key text in phenomenology. The unit will serve as an introduction to phenomenology, as well as an opportunity to develop advanced philosophical reading skills appropriate for third year UGs. It will also further develop students’ knowledge of the history of philosophy. The text studied may change annually and may include: Phenomenology of Perception, The Visible and the Invisible (Merleau-Ponty); Being and Time, Introduction to Metaphysics (Heidegger); Cartesian Meditations, Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology Book II (Husserl).

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course students will:

(1) Have very detailed knowledge and understanding of phenomenology, the associated philosophical positions, and the arguments offered for these, together with students further developing their knowledge of the history of philosophy .

(2) Be able to critically engage with, and analyze, phenomenology, the relevant philosophical positions, and the arguments offered for these, all at an advanced level.

(3) Have developed skills in reading philosophy, constructing and evaluating arguments, and writing philosophy, all at an advanced level, building on the skills acquired in units at level I.

Teaching Information

11 x 1-hour lectures and 11 x 1-hour seminars

Assessment Information

Summative assessment in three forms:

• Presentation, individual, 10 minutes (20%)

• Essay, 2500 words (40%)

• Examination, 2 questions in 2 hours (40%)

All three assessments test ILOs (1), (2) and (3).

Reading and References

Heiddeger M. (1962 [1927]). Being and time. London: Blackwell.

Merleau-Ponty M. (2012 [1945]). Phenomenology of perception. New York: Routledge.

Husserl E. (1988 [1931]). Cartesian meditations. Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Husserl E. (1989 [1952]). Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy. Second Book. Dordrecht: Kluwer.