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Philosophy Dissertation

  • Module code: PH7001
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 7
  • Credits: 60
  • Pre-requisites: Depending on the programme, either PH7701, or PH7801, or PH7901
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

This module provides students with an opportunity for intensive and detailed research-based study of their chosen topic under the guidance of an appropriate MA dissertation supervisor.

Aims

The aims of this module are to:

  • Provide students with an opportunity to research, plan and compose a detailed analysis of a specific topic of their choice, in consultation with academic staff.
  • Enable students to situate this analysis in relation to current academic discussions and debate.
  • Enable students to undertake close and sustained analysis of demanding philosophical texts and problems.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Undertake independent intellectual research, and provide critical treatment of a clearly defined area of academic discussion.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the distinctive features, issues and problems of a particular topic within their chosen field.
  • Situate this topic 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 philosophy.
  • Produce a, sustained, coherent and appropriately presented written analysis (12,000-15,000 words, including all footnotes, but without bibliography) of their chosen topic.

Curriculum content

The topic of a dissertation is to be determined by the student, in consultation with academic staff. (Please note that if we are unable to provide a supervisor with appropriate expertise, students may be asked to consider an alternative topic).

Teaching and learning strategy

The module is taught through a combination of research skills seminars, oral presentation of proposal, individual supervision and individual library-based study. The topic of a dissertation is to be determined by the student, in consultation with a supervisor. Preparation of the dissertation is undertaken in consultation with the supervisor, supplemented by a series of four Research Skills seminars:

  • The first seminar provides an overview of editing and composition.
  • A second seminar deals with bibliographical and information technology issues (internet and database searches).
  • A third seminar deals with the formulation of a dissertation proposal and the composition of an outline.
  • A final seminar involves the oral presentation and review of every student's dissertation proposal.

MA dissertation supervisors will reinforce aspects of the research skills seminars when they meet with students individually during the spring and summer terms. Emphasis is placed on individual study.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive UNISTATS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Seminars/lectures: 4 taught sessions (average of 2.5 hours each) 10
Scheduled learning and teaching Individual and group tutorials 3
Scheduled learning and teaching Directed and Independent Learning 587
Total (number of credits x 10) 600

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:

  • Dissertation proposal of 2,000 words (pass-fail component), due in early summer.
  • Dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words (100%), due in September.

The skills required to prepare these assessed elements will be developed in formative activities throughout the module, notably through individual tutorials, group discussion, and feedback on in-class presentations. These activies offer opportunities for formative peer and staff assessment. Preparation of the dissertation normally includes at least four or five tutorials with a supervisor, supplemented 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 academic discussion. Assessed formatively through group discussion, individual presentations, tutorials and preparation of the dissertation proposal, and summatively through preparation of the dissertation itself.
Demonstrate familiarity with the distinctive features, issues and problems of a particular topic within their chosen field. Assessed formatively through group discussion, individual presentations, tutorials and preparation of the dissertation proposal, and summatively through preparation of the dissertation itself.
Situate this topic in relation to current academic discussions and debate. Assessed formatively through group discussion, individual presentations, tutorials and preparation of the dissertation proposal, and summatively through preparation of the dissertation itself.
Undertake the work of close textual analysis of demanding philosophical texts. Assessed formatively through group discussion, individual presentations, tutorials and preparation of the dissertation proposal, and summatively through preparation of the dissertation itself.
Comprehend, reconstruct and interpret philosophical arguments, and situate these arguments in the context of the history of philosophy. Assessed formatively through group discussion, individual presentations, tutorials and preparation of the dissertation proposal, and summatively through preparation of the dissertation itself.
Produce a, sustained, coherent and appropriately presented written analysis (12,000-15,000 words, including all footnotes) of their chosen topic. Assessed formatively through group discussion, individual presentations, tutorials and preparation of the dissertation proposal, and summatively through preparation of the dissertation itself.

Elements of Assessment

Description of Assessment Definitive UNISTATS Categories Percentage
Coursework Dissertation 12000-15000 words 100
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It is a requirement that the major categories of assessment are 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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