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PHI3013 : Practice of Philosophy

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


This is an ‘employability’ module for philosophy students. It takes the general model of the centralised employability modules (NCLXXXX) but allows students who wish to work in or continue to study philosophy a chance to engage with its practice in depth, rather than following generic pathways.

Students are expected to make a substantive engagement with philosophy and write a reflective review of this engagement. There are many potential forms, including but not limited to:

Engaging with workplace projects with employers who have shown interest in the module (this is being administered in collaboration with Student Services)

Writing a paper and presenting at a conference.

Publishing a paper.

Creating, administering and popularising a blog.

Teaching philosophy in a number of contexts.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will discuss the practice of philosophy and the opportunities to do this, and then students will begin individual assignments to put this practice into effect.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1001:00100:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion621:0062:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching151:0015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery151:0015:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures shall outline the objectives of the course, different approaches to the practice of philosophy, and the requirements of the assessment, at the begining of each semester.

As students’ practice of philosophy will be individual, the remaining teaching will be in small groups or drop ins, to allow bespoke discussion of the students practice and guidance towards the completion of their assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination1A2510 minute oral presentation outlining their intended contribution and strategy to achieve it.
Portfolio2A25Portfolio containing the student’s contribution to the practice of philosophy. To be marked on a mark scheme devised for this module
Reflective log2A502000 word refection on the success of the portfolio. Marked on a scheme devised for this module but derived from NCL module schemes
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment follows the model of the NCL2007 module in asking for a presentation, assessing the students work, and having a written reflection.

The presentation means that students clarify their plans in the first semester and have to produce a clear plan to achieve their intended aims.

The portfolio assesses the practice of philosophy, ensuring it was suitable, competent and sufficient.

The written reflection provides the majority of the marks and requires the student to reflect on the practice of philosophy and the difficulties and opportunities presented in the dissemination of philosophy into the wider culture.

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