Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3115: Introduction to Critical Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are:

  • to introduce you to 20th century Critical Theory and its Freudo-Marxist concepts
  • to practise critical methods and critical reflection
  • to learn about philosophical examination of modern-day social changes and problems
  • to introduce you to 20th century philosophers who have been greatly influential on current philosophical and political thought.

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 comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theories and texts (readings) for the course
2. Demonstrable sound understanding of the methodological and conceptual problems of critiquing modernity
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Demonstrate critical understanding of the interrelation between epistemology, values, and material social conditions
4. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of a specific current type of philosophical social and political analysis
Personal and Key Skills5. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse texts with guidance, and discuss complex problems
6. Demonstrate the ability to write short, explanatory summaries of academic texts.
7. Demonstrate the ability to research independently and write a critical philosophical essay on a course theme.