Metaphysics B PHIL5003
- Academic Session: 2022-23
- School: School of Humanities
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
A Masters level course in Metaphysics which develops undergraduate level understanding of the field towards a foundation for postgraduate research in Philosophy.
6 two-hour seminars and 2 one-hour occasional tutorials. In addition to the 2 one-hour tutorials, students receive (1) immediate oral feedback on presentations at seminars; (2) written feedback on short non-assessed essays written during the semester; (3) availability of course lecturers during office hours.
The course may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus.
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to Masters at College level with first degree being in Philosophy.
All courses in Philosophy associated with the MLitt Philosophy.
One essay of 4000-5000 words
This course aims to:
■ Develop students' undergraduate level understanding of Metaphysics to a level which allow them to engage with contemporary positions and arguments in the field
■ Enable students to articulate and critically evaluate their own position within these contemporary issues
■ Provide a foundation in this field for future engagement in original research in Philosophy
■ Provide the opportunity to achieve a foundation that equips the student for research leading to a Ph.D. in the following areas: The relation between mind and matter, the identity of self, the nature of time, indeterminism, and freedom of the will.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able:
■ To explain the leading contemporary positions and arguments in Metaphysics
■ To articulate arguments for and against these theories, and compare them fruitfully and critically
■ To recognise and incorporate contemporary positions and arguments in Metaphysics into their own developing research fields where relevant
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's