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Module

PHI1003 : Critical Reasoning

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Daniel Koczy
  • 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

This module aims to introduce students to philosophy as a practice. Its primary focus is on philosophy as a method of thinking and, therefore, as a way of life. Enlightenment, both as a tradition in which critical reasoning takes centre stage and as the defining aim of philosophy in the modern era, is the central theme of this module.

This module provides an introduction to critical and analytical thinking, as particular philosophical traditions and as defining philosophical techniques.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Argument
2. Critical reasoning
3. Knowledge and justification
4. Relativism
5. Empiricism and rationalism
6. Scepticism
7. Informal logic
8. Conceptual analysis
9. Meaning and reference
10. Ordinary language

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Preparation and completion of essay.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching201:0020:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1140:00140:00Review lecture material and prepare for small group teaching
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module introduces central themes in modern European philosophy and provides an introduction to basic concepts and techniques in critical and analytical thinking. General study skills are taught, in particular skills in critically engaging with philosophical theories and texts.

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

The first semester essay allows for the assessment of student's grasp of critical-philosophical methods that emerge from the study of key philosophical texts and questions. The second semester essay allows for the assessment of the student's grasp of arguments regarding the limits of reason and other sources of truth.

Reading Lists

Timetable