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Module

PHI1002 : Philosophy and Religion

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lorenzo Chiesa
  • Lecturer: Dr Peter Wolfendale
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Essay preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching201:0020:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1140:00140:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment
Total200:00
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.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable