Module Catalogue 2018/19

PHI2006 : Philosophy, Culture and Society

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrea Rehberg
  • Lecturer: Dr Stephen Overy
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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To introduce students to some of the most importants modern philosophical conceptions of subjectivity and to some of the most important nineteenth and twentieth century critiques of them.

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1 offers an introduction to the most important and influential conceptions of subjectivity in the 17th, 18th and 19th century and shows how these ideas still shape our social practices and our self-understanding today. Equally important, however, are the salient critiques of these conceptions by central 19th and 20th century thinkers.

Semester 2 offers a philosophical critique of culture/society, reading 19th and 20th century philosophy, according to course leader research interests.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will acquire a depth and range of specific knowledge; enabling them to understand and critically engage with the material in question. In addition they will develop the ability to apply ideas/concepts to relevant contemporary issues.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students will acquire a range of cognitive and subject-specific skills from a range of intellectual perspectives. They will learn to organise their workload efficiently and develop independent interpreting skills in order to produce essays by agreed deadlines. Their communication skills will be enhanced during seminars which will be guided by the rules of constructive feedback and their critical understanding will be furthered by comparison with what they have read and heard from others, and by reflection upon their personal writings. Established assumptions will be challenged and the ability to make well-supported judgements in this field will be promoted. Skill in critically engaging with texts will be facilitated.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Assessed
    • Literacy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Independence : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
      • Adaptability : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Prepare and complete essays
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching201:0020:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching, gather resource material for assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will provide essential subject-specific knowledge on a range of seminal thinkers. Basic concepts in debates on epistemology, metaphysics and ontology from the 17th to the 20th Century will be covered.

Seminars permit discussion of the relative merits of these thought systems and guide independent analysis and interpretation. Students will explore lecture material in greater depth. Seminars will also facilitate skill in approaching and selecting material for essays.

Students will utilize the reading list in order to allow for fruitful seminar discussion. The private study time will be devoted to the independent interpretation of material, the selection of topics and the writing of essays. Other time will be needed for the gathering of resources.

The essay form gauges students’ ability to move between generalization and appropriately detailed discussion, and to cite relevant texts.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A502000 words
Essay2A502000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essays will demonstrate the students' abilities to gather information and analyse and interpret data. They will also show evidence of critical reflection appropriate to a stage two level on the honours degree.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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