Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3040: Philosophy Dissertation

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Term 1:

Week 2: 2-hour seminar module introduction
Week 2-3: Students to submit preferred area/topic, and student-supervisor matching
Week 4: 2-hour seminar about supervision, tutor groups, library resources and employment and career planning
Week 5: Submission of dissertation plan and initial bibliography (BART)
Week 6-7: Feedback from supervisor and first 2-3 hour small group seminar with student presentations
At least one extended meeting with the supervisor before the Winter break is highly recommended!


Term 2:

Week 6: Submission of first dissertation draft (ca. 5000 words) through BART

Week 7: Second 2-3 hour seminar meeting with student presentations

Week 9-11: Personal feedback on draft, and extended discussion of the steps required for completion with the supervisor

End of April: Submission of the completed dissertation through BART


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 activity 12Personal meetings with the supervisor
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 31 seminar per term in small groups with student project presentations
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity y1Lectures and presentations in Term One
Guided Independent study284Private study: hours are approximate and may vary depending on student skill. Literature search, reading and analysis (130 hours), preparing presentations for the seminars (8 hours), writing of draft (60 hours) and final dissertation (86 hours)

Online Resources

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