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PY2011   Foundations of Western Philosophy

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 8

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm Mon, Tue, Thu and occasional Fri

This module provides an introduction to central figures, texts and ideas of the period of Ancient Philosophy. Classical Greek philosophy - specifically the works of Plato and Aristotle - will always be at the core of the module. The study of Plato and Aristotle can serve as a focus for discussing either earlier (presocratic) or later philosophical developments. Themes covered will include: the nature of thought, natural science, the human mind, the theory of knowledge, metaphysics and the good life of the individual and of society.

Relationship to other modules

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PY2003

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures and 1 tutorial.

Scheduled learning hours: 39

Guided independent study hours: 161

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Team taught