PHI3005 : Knowledge, Power and Desire
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Sinead Murphy
- Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
This module introduces students to influential Enlightenment conceptions of ‘knowledge,’ in particular to the relation between these conceptions and scientific rationality, and to their persistence in contemporary tacit assumptions about what it is to ‘know.’ By means of a critical examination of two philosophical accounts of the interconnection between forms of knowledge and networks of power and desire, and of the critical methodology most appropriate to this interconnection, students are enabled to analyse and to challenge the ways in which the human and natural sciences have operated, and continue to operate, in shifting historical configurations.
Outline Of Syllabus
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||60||1:00||60:00||Preparation and completion of essays|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||20||1:00||20:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||100:00||100:00||Review and reflect upon lecture and other source material and prepare for small group teaching|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce students to: key concepts and methods relevant to the interconnection of knowledge, power, and desire; the implications of this interconnection for influential paradigms of knowledge; an analysis of the nature and dominance of scientific rationality. The seminar format facilitates students’ exposure to the historico-philosophical methods of analysis at work, and begins the students’ development of skills in the identification and application of these methods. Reading and reflection on the course texts takes place during private study hours.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The essays test the ability to think creatively, self-critically and independently as well as managing one’s own work to set time limits. This assessment method also gauges the students’ ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, to cite relevant texts and interpret them adequately, to discover examples in support of or to challenge a position, and to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant considerations.
Students are assessed on their ability to clearly articulate the nature of the historico-philosophical methods introduced on the course, and on their capacity to submit those methods to a critical discussion that takes account both of their philosophical commitments and of their concrete application to contemporary scientific categories and practices of knowledge.