BASS Politics and Criminology

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHIL20612
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


Phenomenology is the study of the structure of experience. In this course unit we will examine aspects of the work of some of the most important Twentieth Century phenomenologists: Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Edith Stein, Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Topics covered may include: the nature of intentionality, perception and imagination; our awareness of self, body and others; and our consciousness of time. We shall also look at what is distinctive about the methods of phenomenological philosophy.


The course aims to:

- introduce students to the philosophical writings of the Twentieth Century phenomenologists;

- present the historical and philosophical context in which phenomenology was developed;

- explore in detail some central concepts of phenomenology: intentionality, reduction, constitution, transcendental ego, time-consciousness, embodiment, intersubjectivity, etc;

- show how phenomenology relates to issues in metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of mind.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

- an ability to identify the main philosophical questions arising in phenomenological texts;

- an ability to engage with some of the major issues in the interpretation of the phenomenological tradition in philosophy;

- an ability to evaluate the significance of phenomenological philosophy;

- an ability to relate the work of Husserl, Heidegger, Stein, Sartre and Merleau-Ponty to other philosophical disciplines.

Teaching and learning methods

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week.

Please note the hours in the Scheduled activity hours are subject to change.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 67%
Written assignment (inc essay) 33%

Feedback methods

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 the student's work. The main forms of feedback on this course are written feedback responses to assessed essays and exam answers.

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); presenting a question on the discussion board on Blackboard; and obtaining feedback from your peers during tutorials.

Recommended reading

Smith, J. 2016. Experiencing Phenomenology. Abingdon: Routledge.

Moran, D. & Mooney, T. Eds. 2002. The Phenomenology Reader. London: Routledge.

Moran, D. 2000. Introduction to Phenomenology. London: Routledge.

Cerbone, D. 2006. Understanding Phenomenology. Chesham: Acumen.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 22
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Joel Smith Unit coordinator

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