- Academic Session: 2022-23
- 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: Yes
In this course we will critically assess a number of alternative theories of knowledge. We will also examine debates over scepticism, as well as covering disputes about the nature of epistemic justification.
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 the Theory of Knowledge (Epistemology).
■ familiarize students with the main positions and arguments within each topic.
■ enable the students to deploy these arguments for themselves.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
■ Critically engage with contemporary debates on the definition of knowledge;
■ Critically engage with contemporary accounts of scepticism about knowledge;
■ Explain and assess Internalist versus Externalist, and Foundationalist versus Coherentist Theories of Justification
■ Critically discuss approaches to the problem of induction.
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.