Access: Philosophy ADED11414E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course provides an introduction to the academic discipline of Philosophy, focusing on key skills and ideas essential to Level 1 courses in the College of Arts.


2 hours per week for 20 weeks

Semester 1&2: Mondays, 18.00-20.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Two essays (each up to 1500 words) (25% each) 

Final 60-minute examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To put in place basic understanding and skills appropriate to Level 1 undergraduate study in the College of Arts and knowledge and understanding of the academic discipline of Philosophy

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Describe and explain central concepts and theories in the academic discipline of philosophy, such as epistemology, applied moral and political philosophy;

■ List key works and explain theories of some of the central philosophers in the western tradition;

■ Recognise and construct arguments, and respond in literate form to philosophical questions in essays.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.