Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title Metaphysics, Language and Mind
Code PHIL705
Coordinator Dr RJ McKenna
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 30


This module introduces students to issues in metaphysics, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, as these are researched by current staff actively researching them. This research-led module serves both to introduce students with no previous detailed knowledge of the areas studied to such issues, and to show how active researchers approach them while actively engaging students themselves in research methodology and practices. The module thus functions both as a research-preparation module and a module for consolidating knowledge in these areas of philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain an appreciation of recent developments in ethics, philosophy of religion and practical philosophy.

(LO2) Students will improve their understanding of philosophical research in the areas of ethics, religion and practical philosophy.

(LO3) Students will improve their ability to research a philosophical topic.

(S1) Research skills.

(S2) Comprehension of abstract ideas and arguments.

(S3) Application of abstract ideas and arguments to ethical, religious and other practical issues.

(S4) Exposition of philosophical theories and arguments.

(S5) Construction and analysis of philosophical theories and arguments.



The topics vary depending on the research interests of the staff teaching on the module. Two members of staff teach on the module each year. Reading and other relevant material is posted to Canvas before each staff member's segment of the module.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

‘Standard’ delivery is campus-based. Hybrid/online variants are given below.

Teaching method: Tutorial (either online synchronous or on campus if circumstances permit)
Description: Two-hour seminar each week led by tutors offering opportunities for students to engage in formative peer and tutor dialogue on an ongoing basis. In addition, student group oral presentations are formally assessed and feedback will support students in their final coursework submission.
Schedule directed student hours: 22
Unscheduled directed student hours: 278
Attendance recorded: Yes
Notes: Description of how self-directed learning hours may be used: Reading, researching, listening to podcasts, watching videos, discussing, writing.

The majority of teaching will be delivered face to face on campus. Online delivery will be used to complement the on campus delivery and where technology affords a better learning experience

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     22

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 278


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Group Oral Presentations    25       
Assessed essay    75       

Recommended Texts

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