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Module

PHI2006 : Philosophy, Culture and Society

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lorenzo Chiesa
  • Lecturer: 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

To introduce students to some of the most important modern and contemporary philosophical conceptions of subjectivity and political agency in the context of specific cultures and societies and to some of the most important twentieth and twentieth-first century critiques of them.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides students with a critical-historical approach to 20th and 21st century philosophical ideas of political agency and reflect on how these ideas account for our social and cultural practices and our self-understanding today. It will also consider philosophical critiques of culture and society and the political implications of such critiques.

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 completion401:0040:00Prepare and complete essays
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching201:0020:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching, gather resource material for assessment
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will provide essential subject-specific knowledge on a range of seminal thinkers and ideas. Seminars permit discussion of the relative merits of these thinkers and ideas and guide independent analysis, interpretation, and critique. Students will explore lecture material in greater depth. Seminars will also facilitate skill in approaching and selecting material for essays. Students will utilize the reading list in order to allow for fruitful seminar discussion. The private study time will be devoted to the independent interpretation of material, the selection of topics and the writing of essays. Other time will be needed for the gathering of resources. The essay form gauges students’ ability to move between generalization and appropriately detailed discussion, and to cite relevant 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

Essays will demonstrate the students' abilities to gather information and analyse and interpret data. They will also show evidence of critical reflection appropriate to a stage two level on the honours degree.

Reading Lists

Timetable