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PHI3003 : Phenomenology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to introduce students to principal themes in the tradition of Phenomenology and Post-Phenomenology.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides students with a critical-historical approach to phenomenology beginning with the work of Husserl and its development in both the German and French traditions. Key thinkers may include (amongst others): Husserl, Heidegger, Stein, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Derrida. Key questions and themes may include:
•       Phenomenology as method
•       The epoch? and reduction
•       The role of lived experience (Erlebnis) and its relation to theory
•       The question of being
•       Destruction, deconstruction and the relation to the philosophical tradition
•       Ethics and the place of the Other
•       The future of phenomenology in post-phenomenology and other philosophies which adopt a critical relation to phenomenology.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Essay preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching201:0020:00Tutorials
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities201:0020:00Specific research or reading activities developed and directed by academic staff
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
PHI3101Phenomenology (Study Abroad)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide students with broad introductions to various texts/thinkers/themes, while seminars provide the opportunity for closer textual engagement and discussions with lecturers/tutors and fellow students.

Assessment Methods

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

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

Essays are based on the material covered in each semester and provide students with the opportunity to further research topics of interest. The essays test the ability to think creatively, self-critically and independently. This assessment method also gauges 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.

Reading Lists