Module Catalogue 2018/19

PHI3003 : Phenomenology

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lisa Foran
  • Lecturer: Dr Michael Lewis
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
PHI2001Kantian and Post-Kantian Philosophy I: Idealism
PHI2002Post-Kantian Philosophy II: Materialism
PHI2003Ethics and the Modern World
Pre Requisite Comment

One of the above modules required.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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 epochē 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.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Assessed
    • Literacy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Present
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
  • Application
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00Preparation and completion of essays
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching201:0020:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00Review lecture and other source material, prepare for small group teaching
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 words
Essay2A502000 words
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

Original Handbook text:

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2018/19 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2018/19 entry will be published here in early-April 2018. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.