Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Philosophy of Psychology (PGT) PHIL5107

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to contemporary analytic philosophy of psychology.


Two meetings per week during the teaching period, including at least four hours of seminars, as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses





2 Essays (2500 words each) - 100%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Allow students to gain a thorough understanding of central theories about the nature of law.

■ Provide students with the opportunity to apply philosophical concepts and theories to philosophical issues raised by the law.

■ Encourage students to hone their analytical and critical skills, by considering and developing key arguments and positions in depth.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Formulate clearly, and explain in some detail, central philosophical theories of the nature of law.

■ Critically evaluate the merits of those theories.

■ Competently deploy a variety of concepts from other philosophical subdisciplines (e.g. metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, moral philosophy) in the analysis of philosophical questions raised by the law.

■ Articulate complex arguments perspicuously and rigorously, in written form.

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.