Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL2109: Philosophy with Children
This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (9 weeks)
Laura Kerslake (Convenor)
An interest in, or experience of working with children
A successful DBS check
|Available via distance learning|
The Philosophy with Children module is designed for those students who are interested in the way that children think and talk together about philosophical ideas. There is a significant practical component to this module, for which you will get the opportunity to work in a primary school delivering philosophy sessions using the Philosophize teaching plan. You will have a training session on these materials, as well as on working in schools. The sessions will be followed by a Philosophize Conference at the university, where you will be able to showcase the work you have been doing by guiding the children you’ve been working with to deliver a short presentation. You will also learn about the theory of philosophy with children and teaching methods, of which the Community of Inquiry is considered the key practice. You will use this learning to consider the role of philosophy in the state education system and the collaborative and cognitive skills that children can gain through taking part in philosophy sessions. You will also gain experience in being responsible for the learning of a group of children and being a professional in school, reflecting on your experiences as part of the assessment for the module.