Module Catalogue 2023/24

PHI3003 : Phenomenology

PHI3003 : Phenomenology

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tina Chanter
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Michael Lewis
  • 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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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.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will develop knowledge of the phenomenological and post-phenomenological traditions. They will acquire first-hand knowledge of central texts in contemporary European thought and the impact of those texts on the discipline of philosophy itself.

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 use of phenomenological terminology in philosophical argument
•       A reflective awareness of the role of their own subjective lived experience in the development of objective philosophical argument.

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
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.

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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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