Emotions PHIL4009

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Emotions occupy a central place in our lives, and are increasingly the object of philosophical attention. In this course we will consider questions concerning the nature of emotions, the role they play in our lives, whether they are irrational responses or might be essential to theoretical and practical reasoning.

Timetable

Normally two meetings per week during the teaching period, including at least four hours of seminars.

This is one of the senior honours options in Philosophy. It may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Philosophy, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.

Assessment

An essay of 1500 to 2000 words (30%) and a two-hour examination (70%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To introduce students to contemporary theories of emotions. To outline some of the competing accounts on the relationships between emotions, judgements, and feelings. To introduce students to competing views of the rationality of emotions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

- Explain and evaluate the main theories about the nature of emotion;

- Critically discuss the relationship between emotions and judgements; 

- Critically discuss the relationship between emotions and feelings;

- Explain and assess the claim that emotions are irrational;

- Critically discuss the claim that emotions are essential to flourishing human lives.

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.