Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2109: Philosophy with Children

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are:

a.) To provide you with an introduction to doing Philosophy with Children and how it is/ can be taught in primary schools 
b.) To allow you to gain experience in schools delivering philosophy sessions to small groups of children

c.) To showcase the work you have been doing with the children at the Philosophize Conference
d.) To engage with the theory of Philosophy with Children, from its origins in philosophical pragmatism to more recent post- human theories, and consider the ways in which this impacts on practice
e.) To explore a range of Philosophy with Children techniques and literature

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. Demonstrate good knowledge of the teaching methods and theory of Philosophy with Children
2. Demonstrate that you can deliver engaging philosophy sessions to children in primary schools, using the Philosophize teaching resources provided
3. Evaluate the sessions and your role in facilitating them
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of philosophy in education, including the relationship between academic philosophy and Philosophy with Children in the context of the state education system
5. Assess the of the role of the facilitator in a Community of Philosophical Inquiry
6. draw out philosophical thinking from children in the Philosophize Conference and enable them to deliver a presentation of their ideas
Personal and Key Skills7. Act in a professional manner when delivering sessions in schools, including relationships with teachers and children in the school
8. Engage with the teaching resources provided to understand the material before delivering sessions
9. Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of the children in the group with which you are working
10. Show that you are organised, reliable and committed
11. Demonstrate you can work collaboratively with fellow students to co-deliver philosophy sessions in schools and at the Conference
12. Demonstrate a reflective attitude toward your practice, being able to comment on how and why working with children in schools can be challenging