PHI1010 : European Philosophical Traditions I: Knowledge, Reality, Truth
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Andrea Rehberg
- Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To introduce students to the discipline of the history of ideas and the problems of philosophy, and to study the intellectual foundations of Western civilization.
In this module students will be introduced to the disciplines of epistemology (theory of knowledge), metaphysics and the history of ideas, and study the intellectual foundations of Western thought. Students will be introduced to and encouraged to reflect upon some of the key ideas and conceptual systems from the history of European thought, specifically those of Plato and Descartes. The lectures will discuss the contrast between the Ancient and Modern world views, investigate the founding philosophical assumptions of each, as well as their respective methodologies, their significant outcomes and the influence they have had on the subsequent history of Western philosophy.
Outline Of Syllabus
1) What is philosophy? What are some of its aims, methods, areas and key themes?
2) Metaphysics and epistemology as central to this course;
3) Perspectives on the history of philosophy;
4) Ancient metaphysics and epistemology as expressions of the ancient worldview;
5) Modern metaphysics and epistemology as the inauguration of philosophical modernity.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Essay write up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||10||3:00||30:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||10||3:00||30:00||Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures convey the underlying philosophical, cultural and socio-political thoughts and practices characteristic of the European tradition as a foundation for future consideration of the Enlightenment project. The content of the course will be supported by extracts from original texts, illustrations, examples, historical knowledge and slides in lectures and by structured discussion sessions where students will reinforce knowledge and develop dialogue and communication skills.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The student chooses a title from a choice of up to four questions. These questions encourage independent research using the lecture content as a foundation and makes it possible to assess knowledge acquisition, interpretive skill and theoretical understanding as well as the analytical, creative and critical potential of students. The essay tests the ability to think creatively, self-critically and independently as well as managing one’s own work to set time limits.