Philosophy Extended Essay - PHIL5200

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.


This module provides an opportunity for students to produce a substantial piece of independent philosophical work, and at the same time to improve their skills in essay writing by getting one-to-one supervision and feedback on a specific piece of work. It is available to Single Honours and Joint Honours Philosophy students. It cannot be taken by other students as a 'wild module'. THOSE WISHING TO TAKE THE MODULE MUST ENSURE THAT THERE IS A MEMBER OF THE PHILOSOPHY BOARD OF STUDIES WILLING TO SUPERVISE THEIR WORK. THEY MUST SUBMIT AN OUTLINE OF THE PROPOSED AREA OF STUDY, ENDORSED BY THE PROSPECTIVE SUPERVISOR, TO THE MODULE CONVENOR FOR APPROVAL BEFORE BEING ADMITTED ONTO THE MODULE.

The Extended Essay should not be more than 5000 words long and must be submitted by the first day of the following term. Please note that the extended essay is considered a difficult module. You should not apply to register for it unless you have a definite project to which you are seriously committed with the support of a member of staff who is willing to supervise you.

Note: you can not take PL520 in conjunction with PL507 Philosophy Dissertation


Contact hours

Total study hours: 150 hours

Typically students can expect 4 contact hours of teaching, spread through the relevant period as appropriate, with meetings taking place typically only in term time and not Christmas or Easter breaks. In addition to meetings, teaching for this module may include email communication and discussion.

The meetings and email communication support learning outcomes 11.1-2 and 12.1-3 in various ways, advice been given as appropriate on philosophical content, writing style and presentation.

Method of assessment

100% Coursework (Project)

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
11.1 Identify independently a research question which demonstrates detailed knowledge and understanding of a specific philosophical topic.
11.2 Provide a detailed, in-depth, critical answer to the question which they raise.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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