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Module

PHI9001 : Philosophy MLitt Research Assignments

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lorenzo Chiesa
  • Other Staff: Dr Shreyaa Bhatt, Dr Miriam Baldwin, Dr Daniel Koczy, Dr Stephen Overy, Dr Adam Potts, Dr Michael Lewis, Dr Andrea Rehberg, Professor David Rose, Dr Tina Chanter
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 40.0

Aims

To foster independent thinking and research through a series of structured assignments conceived by the student in collaboration with a supervisor.

To produce the ability to use and demonstrate the relevance of philosophy as a useful technique in other discourses, contexts and situations.

To prepare students for doctoral research where appropriate.

Outline Of Syllabus

The MLitt is a flexible, individually-tailored research programme. In consultation with the primary supervisor and other contributors to the programme, students will be required to submit a minimum of two and a maximum of four research assignments, one of which must be a context-based project. The other assignments can be standard essays, literature reviews, critical reviews as agreed with the primary supervisor. These assignments serve to deepen the student's knowledge, introduce them to various academic writing styles and prepare them for their dissertation.

The combined length of the assignments is between 16000 and 24000 words.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1395:00395:0050% of Guided Independent Study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1198:00198:0025% of Guided Independent Study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1197:00197:0025% of Guided Independent Study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00N/A
Total800:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The MLitt is an introduction to a research degree so the scheduled supervisory meetings should be geared towards directing and consolidating independent study by the student.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M252000 word book review of texts selected with supervisor
Essay1A254000 word essay based on topics arising from the course and independent work
Written exercise2A252000 word bibliography and literature review for the dissertation (PHI9002); texts to be chosen with supervisor
Essay2A254000 word essay based on topics arising from the course and independent work
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The number and length of individual assignments will vary depending on their credit value. The context-based project ensures the ability to use and demonstrate the relevance of philosophy as a useful technique in other discourses, contexts and situations.

Reading Lists

Timetable