Module Catalogue 2022/23

PHI3013 : Practice of Philosophy

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stephen Overy
  • Owning School: School X
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will:

•       Plan their practice and create a presentation about their intentions.

•       Complete the practice

•       Write a reflective log on the practice and think about the practice of philosophy in the workplace.

•       Consider their own trajectory as they leave university, and the contribution philosophy can make to
their professional life.

•       The specific knowledge they gain will depend on the nature of their practice and the type of
philosophical thought they disseminate.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students will:

Begin to engage with the practice of philosophy and the dissemination of philosophical ideas.

Think about the difficulties and opportunities this brings.

Gain skill both in the practice of philosophy and in the presentation of this practice, through a number of media.

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.

Reading Lists

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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 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 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.