- Academic Session: 2020-21
- 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
This courses discusses a number of major issues in metaphysics such as Necessity and Possibility; Identity; Existence; Time, Change and Persistence; and Determinism and Freedom.
2 lectures per week for 9 weeks, plus 4 tutorials. The course may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus.
Two essays, equally weighted, each with a word limit of 2500 words.
The course aims to:
■ introduce students to a number of major issues in metaphysics.
■ familiarise students with the main positions and arguments within each topic.
■ enable students to deploy these arguments for themselves.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
■ identify and explain the key issues in metaphysics, such as: Necessity and Possibility; Identity; Existence; Time, Change and Persistence; and Determinism and Freedom.
■ expound the varying views on these topics covered in the course
■ critically assess the positions using appropriate specialist terminologies
Assessment for this course is at Masters Level.
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.