Postgraduate Module Descriptor

PHLM010: Introduction to Philosophical Methods

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Conceptual analysis
  • Naturalism
  • Phenomenology
  • Genealogy
  • Experimental philosophy
  • Historical, sociological and ethnographic approaches

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22The module will be taught as a series of 11 x two-hour seminars, organised around open-ended discussion of pre-assigned readings.
Guided independent study6611 x 6 hours for seminar readings
Guided independent study8Preparation of seminar presentation
Guided Independent Study4Preparation of formative essay
Guided Independent study100Reading for and writing of essay 1
Guided Independent Study100Reading for and writing of essay 1

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: 

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: