Epistemology B PHIL5092

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

A Masters level course in Epistemology which develops undergraduate level understanding of the field, including Relativism and Scepticism, towards a foundation for postgraduate research in Philosophy.


1x1hr seminar and 1x1hr lecture per week for 10 weeks. Options running in a given year are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





■ Essay of 4000-5000 words. - 100%

Course Aims

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:  Social Epistemology, Epistemic Relativism, Scepticism, Knowledge-How, Extended Knowledge, the Epistemology of Cognitive Enhancement

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.