Philosophy for University Study - FOUN0012

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 3 30 (15) Chris Henry checkmark-circle


The module will be divided into two halves; the first half will look at debates within epistemology, philosophy of religion and the philosophy of mind. The purpose of these is twofold; first to expand students' theoretical knowledge across a broad range, and secondly to encourage them to discuss complex ideas in a structured and critical way. The second half will build upon the skills developed in the first half by exploring more contentious issues in moral and political philosophy.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 96
Private study hours: 204
Total Study hours: 300


There are no additional costs on this module.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Annotated Bibliography (min. 10 sources) (5%)
Assignment 1 (1000 words) (15%)
In Course Test 1 (45 minutes) (15%)
Assignment 2 (1500 words) (25%)
Examination, (2 hours) (40%)
JYA English Plus alternative assessment in lieu of exam:
Written Assignment (1,500 words)

JYA English Plus alternative assessment in lieu of exam:
Written Assignment (1,500 words)

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

• Blackburn, S. (2001) Think. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Blackburn, S. (2003) Being Good. (Rev. Ed) Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Bowie, G.L., Michaels, M.W. and Solomon, R.C. (1992) Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy. Forth Worth: Harcourt Brace.
• Hospers, J. (1997) An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis. London, Routledge.
• Jones, G, Hayward, A. & Cardinal, D. (2008) AQA. An Introduction to Philosophy for A level. London: Hodder Education.
• Jones, G. and Hayward, J. (2015) AQA A2 Philosophy. London: Hodder Education.
• Mill, J.S. (1984) Utilitarianism, On Liberty and Consideration on Representative Government. Acton, H.B. (ed.), London, Everyman.
• Wolff, J. (1996) An Introduction to Political Philosophy. Oxford: OUP

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Understand philosophical concepts commensurate with level 3 study
- Demonstrate critical and analytical skills through detailed exploration of philosophical theories.
- Demonstrate an ability to formulate own ideas based on a grounding in some of the key philosophical ideas that have shaped modern thought.
- Demonstrate academic and study skills, specific to the discipline of philosophy, such as dealing with and applying abstract concepts, commensurate with level 3 study:

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Select relevant information from a corpus of reading or lecture material, and incorporate it into own arguments in written form, using an appropriate referencing convention.
- Critically evaluate academic source materials
- Employ critical awareness and critical-thinking skills and be able to apply these to all areas of study
- Show they understand the conventions of academic discourse.
- Understand the concept of the international classroom and learning environment in a UK higher-education context.
- Comply with methods of assessment, deadlines, homework, seminars and tutorials, manage time and learning effectively.
- Use services such as Templeman Library and the Computing Service and manage their learning independently.


  1. Credit level 3. Foundation level module taken in preparation for a degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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