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MA Political Science - Philosophy and Political Theory

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Issues in Epistemology

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHIL70331
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


  • provide students with a detailed understanding of some of the issues and disputes that constitute contemporary epistemology
  • to help students come to terms with some of the central texts in the field
  • encourage students to think through the issues raised for themselves and arrive at well-argued conclusions

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, Blackboard, office hours

Knowledge and understanding

• a critical understanding of some of the disputes that make up contemporary epistemology

  to form the ability to assess in detail some key or recent literature in epistemology

• to demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research

Intellectual skills

• a thorough knowledge of some of the central texts in the field

• informed opinions about how to address the problems discussed

Transferable skills and personal qualities

• an ability to write concisely, relevantly and analytically about the issues raised.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Recommended reading

E. Sosa, J. Kim, J. Fantl and M. McGrath (eds.), Epistemology. An Anthology.2nd edition.  Blackwell, Oxford, 2008.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 130

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Christopher Daly Unit coordinator

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