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CEP Special Study

  • Module code: PH7602
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: Year 7
  • Credits: 30.00
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

This module provides students with an opportunity for independent research-based study of a chosen topic under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor. Preparation for the module begins in the autumn, at Kingston, and the coursework is completed in late spring, in Paris.

Aims

The aims of this module are to:

  • Provide students with an opportunity to engage in detail with the work of major contemporary European philosopher of their choice, in consultation with academic staff.
  • Enable students to situate this engagement in relation to current academic discussions and debate.
  • Enable students to undertake close and sustained analysis of demanding philosophical texts and problems.
  • Help students make the transition from taught course-work to the in-depth independent study involved in the MA Dissertation (PH7002).

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Undertake independent and intensive text-based research, and provide critical treatment of a clearly defined area of contemporary philosophy.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the distinctive features, issues and problems associated with a particular thinker of their choice.
  • Situate their approach to this thinker in relation to current academic discussions and debate.
  • Undertake close and sustained textual analysis of demanding philosophical texts.
  • Comprehend, reconstruct and interpret philosophical arguments, and situate these arguments in the context of the history of contemporary philosophy.
  • Consider the ways that the writings produced by a single philosopher might be regarded as a single body of work.

Curriculum content

The topic of the Special Study module is to be determined by the student, in consultation with academic staff. Normally the topic will focus on the work of one prominent contemporary philosopher, and may either concern a question regarding the full sweep of his/her work, or concentrate on one especially significant text.

Teaching and learning strategy

The module is taught through a combination of group tutorials, individual supervision and individual library-based study. Preparation of the Special Study is undertaken in consultation with the supervisor. Emphasis is placed on individual study.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive KIS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Group tutorials (2 at Kingston, 2 at Paris) 8
Scheduled learning and teaching Individual tutorials (2 at Kingston, 3 at Paris) 5
Guided independent study Directed and Independent Learning 287
Total (number of credits x 10) 300

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to test a student's ability to meet the module's learning outcomes. Summative assessment involves two pieces of written work:

  • A 1,500-word exercise, normally submitted at or before the mid-way point of the module, worth 20% of the final mark.
  • A 3,500 to 4,000 word essay, worth 80% of the final mark.

The skills required to prepare these assessed elements will be developed in formative activities throughout the module, notably through individual tutorials, group discussion, and supervisory feedback on draft written work. Preparation of the Special Study includes several tutorials with a supervisor, supplemented where necessary by email correspondence.

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
Undertake independent library research, and provide critical treatment of a clearly defined area of contemporary philosophy. Assessed formatively through group tutorial discussion and individual tutorials, and summatively through the two pieces of individual written work.
Demonstrate familiarity with the distinctive features, issues and problems associated with a particular thinker of their choice. Assessed formatively through group tutorial discussion and individual tutorials, and summatively through the two pieces of individual written work.
Situate their approach to this thinker in relation to current academic discussions and debate Assessed formatively through group tutorial discussion and individual tutorials, and summatively through the two pieces of individual written work.
Undertake close and sustained textual analysis of demanding philosophical texts. Assessed formatively through group tutorial discussion and individual tutorials, and summatively through the two pieces of individual written work.
Comprehend, reconstruct and interpret philosophical arguments, and situate these arguments in the context of the history of contemporary philosophy. Assessed formatively through group tutorial discussion and individual tutorials, and summatively through the two pieces of individual written work.
Consider the ways that the writings produced by a single philosopher might be regarded as a single body of work. Assessed formatively through group tutorial discussion and individual tutorials, and summatively through the two pieces of individual written work.

Breakdown of Major Categories of Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment Name Assessment Weighting
CWK Exercises 1500 words 20
CWK Essay 3500 to 4000 words 80
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS NOT a requirement that any major assessment category is passed separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module

Bibliography core texts

To be determined by the student in consultation with academic staff.

Bibliography recommended reading

To be determined by the student in consultation with academic staff.

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