Global Opportunities

PHI3101 : Phenomenology (Study Abroad)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to introduce students to principal themes in the philosophy of language, which will involve the interpretation and criticism of major texts in the phenomenological tradition.

It will explore different philosophical conceptions of language, focusing on the legacy of Heidegger's existential phenomenology. We will discuss his accounts of being-in-the-world, anxiety and art, as well as investigating Levinas's criticisms of Heidegger.

Outline Of Syllabus

The limits of ontology: Levinas’s criticisms of Heidegger
Levinas, Phenomenology and the reduction
Levinas on the question of relation
The ethical turn of Phenomenology
The religious turn of Phenomenology

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Essay preparation and completion
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities101:0010:00Specific research or reading activities developed and directed by academic staff
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment
Jointly Taught With
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Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce central themes in the philosophy of language and provide an introduction to basic concepts and techniques in Phenomenology. Seminars permit of student discussion of these themes. Seminars will also see students hermeneutically engaging with philosophical texts taught at an advanced level. Reading and reflecting on books and articles will take place in private study.

It is jointly taught with PHI3003. The PHI3101 is offered to students who have studied abroad in semester 1 of Stage 3. It will be the same as the year long PHI3003 module's second semester and will share lectures and tutorials.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1002000 word essay
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 will be assessed on their knowledge of the central themes in the philosophy of language and provides an introduction to basic concepts and techniques in Phenomenology, and on their skill to sensitively interpret texts drawn from a variety of ages and traditions.

Reading Lists