Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3053: History of Philosophy

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

You will gain a good understanding of some key problems addressed by early modern philosophers, including their rationale and various attempts at solving them. By making a critical study of these topics, focusing on primary texts, your skills in the analysis, evaluation and presentation of arguments will be enhanced.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Identify and cogently discuss the questions, themes and topics addressed by some early modern philosophers.
2. Critically distinguish and evaluate certain positions and arguments within early modern philosophy.
3. Conduct in-depth analysis of early modern philosophical texts in their historical and philosophical context.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate a high level of understanding of the interrelation between historical events and philosophical developments.
5. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of different types of historical and philosophical analysis.
Personal and Key Skills6. Demonstrate a significantly expanded philosophical vocabulary and understanding with respect to key ideas in early modern philosophy and how they relate to central ideas and theme in present-day philosophy.
7. Conduct research independently engaging in complex ideas and problems while developing original research insights.
8. Engage in complex and high level argumentation both orally and through writing.