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BA Philosophy / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Dissertation Semester 1
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
PHIL30001 consists of a Dissertation, on a topic of your own choice, produced to a professional level of presentation, due in before the January examination period.
This course unit aims to:
- Improve students' research, critical analysis, independent study, time-management and presentation skills.
- Provide students with the opportunity for one-to-one philosophical discussions with an appropriate supervisor.
- Allow students to specialise in a topic that interests them and to develop intellectual independence
On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to demonstrate:
- That they can produce, and present professionally, a substantial independent piece of research into a question of their own design.
- That they can present and defend their own view about a challenging philosophical issue.
- That they have the study skills necessary for focusing their topic and preparing the essay.
Teaching and learning methods
One introductory lecture, followed by 1-to-1 supervision (by appointment with supervisor)
- Analytical skills
- Project management
- Oral communication
- Problem solving
- Written communication
One essay of 6,000 words.
The School of Social Sciences (SoSS) is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, thereby enabling students to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are reminded that feedback is necessarily responsive: only when a student has done a certain amount of work and approaches us with it at the appropriate fora is it possible for us to feed back on thestudent's work. Feedback on this course will be by 1-to-1 discussion, and written responses to drafts of parts of the dissertation.
We also draw your attention to the variety of generic forms of feedback available to you on this as on all SoSS courses. These include: meeting the lecturer/tutor during their office hours; e-mailing questions to the lecturer/tutor; asking questions from the lecturer (before and after lecture); and obtaining feedback from your peers during tutorials
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|Stephen Ingram||Unit coordinator|