Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Philosophical Practice

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit teaches the basics of writing well structured papers, ie, specifying the difference between the role of the introduction, the body and the conclusion; it will teach students the rules for writing arguments that are logically valid; it will also offer practical presentation sessions so as to guide students on how to present their papers.

Study-unit Aims:

The unit aims to offer students the opportunity to learn the practical dimensions of philosophical study. Students will be introduced to the skills required to read texts in philosophy and to articulate and present their thoughts and ideas about the authors, texts and themes covered in the Unit.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- engage critically with primary texts in philosophy;
- analyse a philosophical text;
- participate in philosophical discussions.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- read analytically and critically a broad selection of texts in philosophy;
- identify and reflect upon key concepts and discussions in philosophy;
- engage in meaningful discussions on specific texts covered in the Unit;
- write an assignment on a specific author/theme in philosophy.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Weston, Anthony (2000) A Rulebook for Arguments, Hackett Publishing Company, USA.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Reassessment is 100% Assignment.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork [See Add. Notes] SEM1 Yes 50%
Assignment [See Add. Notes] SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S John Avellino
Larissa Jonk

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