Module Catalogue 2024/25

PHI1002 : Philosophy and Religion (Inactive)

PHI1002 : Philosophy and Religion (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Miriam Baldwin
  • Lecturer: Dr Lorenzo Chiesa
  • Owning School: School X
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

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To introduce students to themes and perspectives in philosophy and theology.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module examines questions such as: Do aspects of ‘secular’ society contain traces of religion? If God does not exist can we have something like a ‘divine’ or ‘sacred’ experience? Does religion provide us with a different kind of knowledge to ‘pure’ rationality? These questions may be addressed with relation to thinkers from the ancient world, the Middle Ages, and contemporary Europe. Central themes include:
•       The death of God and the death of the subject
•       Onto-theo-logy
•       The end of metaphysics
•       The relation between faith and reason.
•       Proofs for God’s existence
•       The language we use to describe God, with particular reference to negative or apophatic theology.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The aim of this module is to introduce students to new ways of thinking about God and religion in contemporary society through engaging with philosophical texts from a variety of different periods. At the end of this module students will have developed:

•       A broad based knowledge and understanding of some of the key texts in European thought from a variety of periods and traditions
•       Knowledge of key shifts in European philosophical/theological thought, including elements from ancient thought, the Middle Ages, and the present day.
•       An awareness of diverse accounts of what words such as ‘god’ might mean
•       A greater awareness of the difficulty of having a ‘purely secular’ society

Intended Skill Outcomes

Through lectures, seminar discussions and independent research students will acquire and develop the following skills:
•       Critical hermeneutical engagement with philosophical texts
•       The ability to apply historical ideas to contemporary issues
•       Assessment of philosophical arguments

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
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities201:0020:00Specific research or reading activities developed and directed by academic staff
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching201:0020:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment
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.

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 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.


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General Notes

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