Epistemology A PHIL5091
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Humanities
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
A Masters level course in Epistemology which develops undergraduate level understanding of the field, including Normativity, Virtue and Scepticism, towards a foundation for postgraduate research in Philosophy.
1x1hr lecture per week over 10 weeks, 1x1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks. Options running in a given year are available on MyCampus.
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to Masters at College level.
One essay of 4000-5000 words - 100%
This course aims to:
• Develop students understanding of Epistemology 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: Virtue Epistemology, Epistemic Luck, Epistemic Value, Epistemic Normativity, Epistemic Justification, The Analysis of Knowledge, Understanding.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
• Explain the contemporary positions and arguments in a focused subfield of Epistemology
• Articulate arguments for and against these theories, and compare them fruitfully and critically
• Recognise and incorporate contemporary positions and arguments in Epistemology 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 summative assessment.