Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2075: Philosophical Readings 6

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This aim of this module is to familiarise you with William James’s “Pragmatism”, one of the most important philosophical texts of the twentieth century, and to introduce you to the philosophy of pragmatism in general. Through careful and detailed study of this text, supplemented by secondary sources, and in depth class discussions, you will enhance your familiarity with the fundamental techniques required to read, understand and critically engage with a philosophical text.

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 acquisition of a foundational understanding of the main arguments of the discussed philosophical text;
2. evaluate the validity of the arguments of the discussed philosophical text;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. read and gain an understanding of original philosophical texts;
4. critically discuss philosophical arguments from source texts;
Personal and Key Skills5. analyse and evaluate difficult texts; and
6. communicate independent assessments of complex arguments in speaking and in writing