Film Studies with Philosophy BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: T385
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 with no score less than 4. /
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Module details

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Approaches to Film (FILM102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to key theoretical and conceptual debates within Film Studies;

    To develop students' ability to apply theoretical and conceptual debates to close readings of film texts;

    To enhance students' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Show an awareness of the key theoretical and conceptual debates within Film Studies

    (LO2) Understand film within its broader historical, cultural and social context

    (LO3) Apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of a film

    (LO4) Successfully apply a close reading to films across a range of different national and industrial contexts

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Personal attributes and qualities – Independence

  • Film Cultures (FILM104)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To understand different sites of film exhibition, for example: Festivals, streaming platforms, made for internet videos, television films / miniseries;

    To analyse digital and physical sites of distribution in relation to the genres and types of films exhibited;

    To analyse film as a global medium;

    To understand the cultural contexts within which these films circulate and the ways in which they create cultural meanings;

    To address and interrogate concepts of taste in the ways in which films circulate and are granted space in media beyond the screen;

    To enhance students' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand different sites of film exhibition for example festivals, streaming platforms, made for internet videos. Television films / miniseries.

    (LO2) Understand film as a global medium.

    (LO3) Evaluate the cultural contexts within which these films circulate and the ways in which they create cultural meanings.

    (LO4) To address and interrogate concepts of taste in the ways in which films circulate and are granted space in media beyond the screen.

    (S1) Critical analysis and independent thinking.

    (S2) Global citizenship and cultural awareness.

    (S3) Communication: oral, written visual to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

  • Introduction to Film Language (FILM101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore the ways in which a film creates meaning, and to provide students with the ability to identify and explain the techniques used by a film-maker and the results obtained;

    To foster a capacity for precise and sophisticated observation, and for intelligent structured discussion of what is observed;

    To develop confidence and intellectual depth in discussion, ability to present information succinctly both orally and in writing;

    To develop students’ knowledge of the formal and technical language of film analysis.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Have a working knowledge of thetechnical vocabulary of cinema and be able to produce precise description of the construction of a piece of audiovisual material.

    (LO2) Critically analyse audio visual material in terms of its mise-en-scène, camera-work, editing and soundtechnique, and to indicate how these elements contribute to the understanding of the whole.

    (LO3) Observe and comment on the ways in which these elements may inflect the explicit meaning of the text.

    (LO4) Understand and discuss different techniques of film narrative.

    (LO5) Write in a clear and well-informed way on the construction and meaning of film.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S7) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S8) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S9) Apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of a film

  • Introduction to Film Research (FILM106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To broaden anddeepen students ’ understanding of film texts in context; To develop students' critical skills when confronted with academic writing; To increase students' confidence in handling theoretical concepts in relation to specific texts; To introducestudents to techniques of independent research, including question formulation,data-gathering, project organisation and time management.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An understanding of the study skills needed for an independently researched project.

    (LO2) Ability to organise a project into appropriate chapters and stages etc.

    (LO3) Ability to recognise and develop research worthy ideas and to explain their interest convincingly.

    (LO4) Ability to manage working time effectively and to take responsibility for regular tasks.

    (LO5) A deeper understanding of the concepts taught in other modules (especially FILM102) and an ability to use them to underpin independent research.

    (S1) Information skills - critical reading

    (S2) Information skills - Information accessing

    (S3) Communication skills - Media analysis

    (S4) Communication skills - Academic writing

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S6) Research skills - all communication skills

  • Introduction to Sound and Music in Audiovisual Media (MUSI170)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To explore music's relationship with film and establish the soundtrack's central role in our interpretation of key elements of this artistic medium.
    To investigate the practicalities of film music composition.
    To engage theoretically with audio-visual modes of discourse.
    To use key theories and ideologies within the field of film music scholarship as a basis for the critical analysis of film sound and music.
    To set a fundamental understanding of the film soundtrack that allows for the further investigation of other components within audio-visual media (such as television, music videos, youtube, videogames).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The ability to read and discuss key texts in a critical and comparative manner

    (LO2) The ability to apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of music in audio-visual media

    (LO3) The ability to discuss, together, music/sound, image, and narrative

    (LO4) The ability to utilise appropriate theoretical frameworks in the critical analysis of audio-visual media

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

  • Sound, Image and Meaning (COMM152)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to provide students with a foundational understanding of: Notions of influence within work in Communication Studies The role of sound and visuals in signifying meaning in media texts How meaning and influence have been researched, and the difficulties involved in designing successful research in these areas In helping students to develop these types of knowledge and understanding, it seeks to provide skills that can be drawn on in subsequent modules that involve formal analysis of media texts and work on media content and institutional organisation more broadly.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to develop a critical understanding of the role of reader interpretation in helping to determine the meaning of media texts and in guiding responses to them.

    (LO2) Students will be a ble to learn to analyse the ways in which different components of media texts are organised to signify meanings.

    (LO3) Students will be able to gain an introductory understanding of the ways in which meaning and influence have been conceptualised and researched.

    (LO4) Students will be able to practise and develop an ability to apply research, understanding and analysis in seminar and group discussion and in producing coursework.

    (S1) Literacy: application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning.

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

Year Two Optional Modules

  • The Cinematic City (FILM201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To explore ways in which European cinema has made use of the urban space (cinema having been described as an urban art-form par excellence ); Through a wide range of films from different European countries, to introduce students both to issues relating to the imaginary conception of cities, and to concepts in film theory regarding the construction of space, the position of the observer, and the nature and purpose of representation and of narrative construction;

    To introduce students to relatively complex theoretical constructions, in an immediate and approachable way, which will give them confidence in their ability to handle concepts in critical theory and to apply them successfully;

    To develop their capacities in expressing their ideas, both in discussion and in written work, with regard to more advanced material than they were required to study in the first-year module;

    To alert them to the conceptual links which film studies has with other theoretical fields; To introduce students in a simple way to the practical problems of audiovisual representation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Awareness of issues of urban theory, of the spatial implications of cinematic expression, and of the interaction of these;

    (LO2) Awareness of the ways in which cinema has been used to articulate the self-construction of urban societies

    (LO3) Alertness to the ways in which the modern world is constructed through representations

    (LO4) Ability to handle theoretical concepts confidently in written and oral modes, to carry on a discussion and sustain an argument by applying those concepts.

    (LO5) Awareness of some of the practical issues involved in creating an audiovisual piece.

    (LO6) Ability to plan the translation of experience of the city into audiovisual form.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S6) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S7) Handling audiovisual material

  • Propaganda and Censorship (FILM202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an insight into the interaction of film and political authority, the structures which the authorities use or have used in order to exert control on the cinema and the ways in which cinema’s power over its audience has been harnessed, manipulated or occasionally feared to the point of suppression;

    To examine specific films, scenes from them and the controversies around them as case studies of the interaction of film and political and /or other authority;

    To introduce students to theoretical debates about propaganda and censorship in Film Studies.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will gain a differentiated understanding of the way in which political and other authorities have sought to control, harness and curb the power of film in different historical situations.

    (LO2) Students will gain an awareness of film’s position in national institutional structures and the effect of these onthe finished product and a historical perspective on the perceived purpose of and limits on film production in Europe.

    (LO3) Students will develop an alertness to the ways in which film may seek to manipulate the viewer and a critical attitude to the theories that have been constructed regarding the effects of film on its audience.

    (LO4) Students will develop an ability to use different kinds of textual evidence to present a balanced and sophisticated argument about complex issues of representation and control and to reach a reasoned conclusion recognising the power of social attitudes and desires in the formulation and conduct of debates in these fields.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills

  • The Italian Cinema (ITAL223)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To introduce students to the major periods and some of the major films of one of the most significant of European National cinemas, through a selection of films which are available in sub-titled versions in this country;

    To give students an understanding of the range of Italian cinema, its influence on Europe as a whole, and its very particular nature (with a particular consideration to the strong division between the internationally influential ‘art-film’ production of the 1950s and 1960s, and the generic popular films which brought in the domestic audience and have recently begun to attract notice abroad);

    To broaden students’ perceptions of ‘European’ cinema, to give them a basis for comparison which they can use in their other modules on this course;

    To increase students’ analytical tools and vocabulary with respect to different types of cultural production;

    To increase students’ awareness of the social function of film (and cultural production in general) and the role it plays both for its audience and (to some extent) in the intellectual life of a culture in general;

    To make students aware of possible aspects of film culture which they may wish to explore further in their final year or during their year in Europe;

    To increase students’ confidence in written and oral analysis and debate.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A broad knowledge of the history of Italian cinema so that students will be able both to compare it with other European cinemas and to assess current Italian films and issues in Italian cinema in a historical context.

    (LO2) An awareness of the different roles and functions of ‘auteur’ and popular cinema, of the issues for film studies which these different types of production imply, and of some possibly fruitful avenues for further study.

    (LO3) An ability to discuss both orally and in written form concepts relating both to formal innovation (where authorial intent must be taken into account) and to generic norms and issues of spectatorship (applying theoretical concepts to popular cultural forms)

    (LO4) Confidence in dealing with film texts where (it must be assumed) the principal language is not one they are familiar with, and an ability to make allowances for this and to come to the appropriate terms with their own position in relation to the culture they are studying.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S6) Personal attributes and qualities - Independence

    (S7) Research skills - independent analysis

  • Introduction to French Cinema (FREN236)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the basic language of film analysis; To introduce students to the rich cultural field which the cinema has represented in France through study of selected films from particularly significant periods, giving them a background of reference points and an understanding of how cinema has developed in France; To cultivate habits of close visual analysis and careful structuring of such analysis ; To increase confidence in class discussion and presentation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students should be able to give an intelligent and informed account of how any film (from whatever culture) is put together, the ways in which it engages its audience and the messages it conveys.

    (LO2) Students will develop thorough and perceptive powers of observation and interpretation of the elements of a cinematic text both visual and aural

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain their observations in a structured way, in written analyses and also orally in front of a class, in the latter case using visual aids when appropriate.

    (LO4) Students will be able to insert their detailed observations into a thematic or historical context in order to show how a particular film deals with larger issues, and to construct a well-written essay to explain their ideas.

    (LO5) Students should have a basic overview of major directors and trends in the history of the cinema in France, which will enable them to see other French films in their historical and artistic context.

    (S1) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography, and social and economic structures of the societies of the country of the target language

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Successfully apply a close reading to a text of the target language

    (S7) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S8) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

    (S9) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

    (S10) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

  • Spanish and Latin American Cinemas: An Introduction (HISP229)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the cinematic dimension of Spanish and Latin American cultures;

    To create an awareness of the economic forces which frame the film industry in Spain and Latin America in specific areas of contemporary political and cultural life;

    To develop students' skills in close textual analysis of a range of film texts;  

    To explore the relationship between film, society and politics across various national contexts within Spain and Latin America.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate a knowledge of the cinematic practices and cultures of Spain and Latin America.

    (LO2) Show an understanding of the ways in which Spanish and Latin American film are shaped by wider economic and cultural forces.

    (LO3) Show an ability to apply close readings to film texts

    (LO4) Display an understanding of the relationship between film, society and politics across various national contexts with Spain and Latin America.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • German Cinema From the Expressionism to the Present (GRMN225)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the history of German national cinema from its origins to the present day with a special focus on Weimar Cinema, the Third Reich, post-war film, the New German Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s; To introduce students to the work of key German directors including F. W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog and Wim Wender; To sensitise students to films as historical texts which emerge from and engage with the context of their production; To sensitise students to film as an aesthetic artefact determined on the one hand by particular conditions of production (i.e. the studio system/‘Autorenkino’) and produced on the other according to cinematic conventions of film language, genre etc.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will understand the emergence and development of German national cinema from its origins until the present.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate a critical awareness of academic debates about major periods or movements in German film – Weimar film and ‘Expressionism’, the Third Reich, post-war cinema, the New German Cinema and post-unification cinema – and of current academic debates about them.

    (LO3) Students will develop critical and analytical skills enabling them to evaluate a variety of film materials from a range of different periods and styles.

    (LO4) Students will be able to evaluate a range of other varieties of textual and historical evidence, to assess its relative merits and to construct in verbal and written form clearly reasoned arguments on the basis of such evidence.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Immersive Media and VIrtual Worlds B (COMM211)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the histories of immersive media and virtual world forms To introduce students to theories and conceptual approaches to immersion, digital realism, cognition and simulation. To encourage students to develop advanced textual analysis skills in relation to virtual images. To en courage students to widen their knowledge and understanding of the industry contexts in which immersive experience and virtual worlds are produced and consumed.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the histories and theories of immersive experiences and virtual realities and worlds.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate the capacity to develop critical insight and textual analysis skills of virtual reality texts.

    (LO3) Students will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate and accurate terminology and concepts when explaining immersive and virtual reality technologies.

    (LO4) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the industrial and entertainment contexts around, and uses of, immersive experiences and virtual realities.

    (S1) Problem solving skills.

    (S2) Commercial awareness.

    (S3) Organisational skills.

    (S4) Communication skills.

    (S5) International awareness.

  • Projecting China: An Introduction to Chinese Cinema (HIST277)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese cinema (principally produced in the People’s Republic of China), both in terms of itshistorical development and its recent spread around the world;

    To introduce a number of landmarks in the history of 20th century China, through their representations in filmic texts;

    To develop students’ abilities to present and organise arguments clearly, and to analyse problems, in relation to these issues;

    To enhance students’ skills in the critical evaluation of primary sources (specifically films) and historiography.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondaryevidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) The ability to develop and sustainhistorical arguments and utilise evidence, with regard to the history andhistoriography of the development of Chinese cinema, as well as therepresentation of Chinese history in Chinese cinema.

    (S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

    (S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

    (S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

    (S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

    (S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression

  • India After Gandhi: Culture, Identity and the Nation (HIST231)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to post-colonial Indian history;

    To introduce students to using films as historical sources;

    To encourage students to consider the role of culture in fashioning identities and about the nature and challenges of being ‘post-colonial’, as well as about the nature and effects of globalisation;

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An ability to read, analyse and reflectcritically and contextually upon films as primary sources.

    (S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

    (S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion.

    (S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

    (S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

    (S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression.

  • Music in Gaming (MUSI273)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an overview of technological development and a basic (non-technical) appreciation of how sound and music are generated via gaming software/hardware; and to understand the role of the former in determining compositional design across different 'generations' of gaming hardware.

    To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between music and gaming contexts (eg genre, narrative function, immersion, emotion, and character portrayal).

    To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between game-music and other forms of music (eg orchestral styles, film music, popular music in compiled tracks).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of gaming hardware/software and the extent to which this determines, by limiting or affording, the incorporation of sound/music.

    (LO2) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationship between music in gaming and other gameplay factors (such as narrative, immersion, game-cues).

    (LO3) To demonstrate an awareness of broader critical, cultural, and ludomusicological issues, as presented and discussed in both historical and contemporary scholarship.

    (LO4) To be able to apply knowledge, understanding, and awareness (as described in the prior learning outcomes) to original case-study examples.

    (S1) Communication skills.

    (S2) Research skills.

    (S3) Comprehension.

    (S4) Critical thinking.

    (S5) Writing skills.

    (S6) Applied skills.

    (S7) IT skills.

  • Global Hollywood B: From Film Art to Media Entertainment (COMM203)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    The aims of this module are:
    To introduce students to the role played by the Hollywood film industry in the development of modern trans-national entertainment networks.
    To enable students to understand the relationship between film style (aesthetics) and structures of industrial organization at various points in Hollywood's history.
    To provide students with an understanding of the ways in which national / cultural identities in Hollywood films relate to changing industrial and social contexts of film production and consumption.
    To help students understand recent debates about media convergence and the globalisation of media entertainment.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be familiar with a number of terms and concepts used in film criticism and analysis.

    (LO2) Students will have developed an understanding of the role played by US films in mobilising social and cultural identities, especially around particular formations of nationality and gender.

    (LO3) Students will have the ability to identify the commercial imperatives of film and television texts.

    (S1) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

    (S2) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S4) Commercial awareness

    (S5) Communication skills

  • Understanding Documentary (COMM282)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module seeks to introduce students to ideas about the form and function of documentary work as it has developed internationally since the 1920s in film and later television. Through lectures, screenings, reading and discussion, students will be encouraged to develop an analytical knowledge of:
    • The range of purposes claimed for documentary work.
    • Key forms and approaches employed at different moments in the history of documentary.
    • Relationships between documentary work and the 'real world' to which it refers.
    • Issues of 'truthfulness' and the ethics of documentary representations.
    • Documentary-makers' strategies to appeal to audiences or yield responses from them.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrates a critical awareness of debates surrounding the representation of 'the real' in film and television texts.

    (LO2) Demonstrates familiarity with and understanding of the terms and concepts used in describing and evaluating documentary work in film and television.

    (LO3) Demonstrates familiarity with and understanding of key visual and verbal components of documentary organisation.

    (LO4) Demonstrates the ability to read and critically evaluate film and television texts based on real subjects.

    (S1) Proficient use of electronic resources and tools for research as specified and required.

    (S2) Time management, organisation of work, proficient use of English, referencing.

    (S3) Analysis of film and television texts; understanding and application of appropriate terminology and criteria.

    (S4) Understanding and analysis of ethical obligations of documentary film-makers.

  • Music in World Cinema (MUSI270)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    - To study the musical practices of film traditions outside the Anglophone world and their cultural contexts, with particular emphasis on comparisons to classical Hollywood practice - To build on knowledge acquired in first year modules on world music and music in audio-visual media - To develop students' abilty to think and write about music in audio-visual contexts

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to demonstrate familiarity with ideas about music and film in several other cultures.

    (LO2)  Ability to explain the relationship between theory and the cultural context in which it has arisen, as well as the challenges of applying theories to texts from cultures outside that context.

    (LO3) Ability to deploy comparative and cross-cultural perspectives in the understanding of the relationships between music and film as well as their cultural contexts

    (LO4) Higher level analytical and essay-writing skills, including Higher level analytical and essay-writing skills, including more advanced argumentation and handling difficult bibliographic challenges.

    (S1) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

  • Logic (PHIL207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To introduce students to the language and methods of classical quantificational logic.

    To enable students to use trees for both sentence logic and quantificational logic.

    To relate quantificational logic to the philosophy of language.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain and apply the basic concepts of classical quantificational logic.

    (LO2) Students will consolidate their skill in translating from English into quantificational logic and vice versa.

    (LO3) Students will be able to construct proofs in natural deduction for valid sequents of quantificational logic.

    (LO4) Students will be able to test sets of formulas for consistency using trees and to assess sequents of sentence logic and sequents of quantificational logic for validity using trees.

    (LO5) Students will be able to explain Russell's theory of definite descriptions and formally to represent sentences that use definite descriptions in a Russellian manner using the notation of quantificational logic.

    (LO6) Students will be able to define, both formally and informally, some formal properties of relations i.e., reflexivity, symmetry, transitivity and related properties and to represent these properties using diagrams.

    (S1) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S2) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S3) Students will enhance their ability to identify the issues that underlie debates.

    (S4) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S5) Students will develop their ability to work independently.

    (S6) Students will develop their problem solving skills.

    (S7) Improving own learning and performance; personal action planning.

    (S8) Communication oral, written and visual; following instructions, protocols and procedures.

    (S9) Communication oral, written and visual; influencing skills, argumentation.

    (S10) Personal attributes and qualities; resilience.

  • Philosophy of Religion (PHIL215)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To introduce the current state of discussion concerning the concept of God. To introduce the major arguments for, and the major arguments against, the existence of God. To enable students to clarify and develop their own views on whether God exists and, if so, what God is like.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to engage with key debates and arguments in the philosophy of religion, primarily in the Western tradition.

    (LO2) Students will be able to reflect on methodological issues that arise in the philosophy of religion, such as the relationship between faith and reason.

    (LO3) Students will be able to assess challenges to the coherence of the concept of God.

    (LO4) Students will be able to discuss and evaluate arguments for the existence of God.

    (LO5) Students will be able to reflect critically on the significance and implications of the problem of evil for religious thought.

    (S1) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S2) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and reconstructing and evaluating arguments.

    (S3) Students will enhance their ability to identify the issues that underlie debates.

    (S4) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches, and their ability to identify presuppositions and to reflect critically upon them.

    (S5) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S6) Students will develop their ability to work independently.

    (S7) Students will develop their ability to sift through information, assessing the relevance and importance of the information to what is at issue.

    (S8) Students will develop their problem-solving skills.

    (S9) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S10) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

  • Liberty, Justice and the Good Society (PHIL219)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Students will be invited to consider the theories and arguments of thinkers who have shaped contemporary political philosophy, such as John Rawls, Robert Nozick and Michael Walzer. Students will be asked to consider some of the main concepts in political philosophy, including freedom, equality and justice. Students will be invited to appreciate the variety of philosophical issues raised by contemporary political debates around controversial topics, such as feminism and multiculturalism.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to distinguish some of the main concepts in debates within contemporary political philosophy.

    (LO2) Students will be able to explain different ways of understanding concepts employed in debates in contemporary political philosophy.

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in contemporary political philosophy.

    (LO4) Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to contemporary political issues.

    (LO5) Students will be able to identify philosophical assumptions underlying political questions and claims.

    (LO6) Students will be able to speak with confidence and clarity on issues of contemporary political philosophy.

    (LO7) Students will be able to explain details of influential texts in recent political philosophy.

    (LO8) Students will be able to articulate and defend positions on issues in contemporary political philosophy.

    (LO9) Students will be able to write coherently and rigorously about philosophical issues raised by current political controversies.

    (LO10) Students will be able to structure a discussion of issues in contemporary political philosophy.

    (S1) Students will develop their skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the World Wide Web and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

    (S2) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S3) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S4) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S5) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and reconstructing and evaluating arguments.

    (S6) Students will enhance their ability to identify and reflect critically upon the issues that underlie debates.

    (S7) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

    (S8) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S9) Students will develop the ability to perform bibliographical searches, to include (to professional standard) citations and bibliographies in their work and to plan, organise and produce presentations and essays.

    (S10) Students will enhance their oral and written communications skills and develop skill in explaining complex material in a precise manner.

  • Metaphysics (PHIL228)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide an introduction to some of the most significant debates in contemporary metaphysics;  topics include:  change and persistence, objects and properties, space and time.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to identify the main issues and positions in contemporary metaphysical discussions of space, time, persistence, properties, substance, persons, modality and existence.

    (LO2) Students will be able to explain the main strengths and weaknesses of these positions.

    (LO3) Students will be able to identify the historical contexts of some of these positions.

    (LO4) Students will be able to construct a positive case for a specific metaphysical position, by appealing to theoretical virtues, e.g. simplicity, metaphysical principles, e.g. the principle of sufficient reason and thought experiments which evoke powerful intuitions.

    (LO5) Students will further develop their abilities to extract arguments from texts, render them in standard form, and assess the soundness of their premises and the validity of their structures.

    (LO6) Students will be able to think more creatively about metaphysical issues.

    (LO7) Students will be able to explain the competing positions in contemporary meta-metaphysics.

    (S1) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S2) Students will enhance their ability to identify the issues with truly underlie debates.

    (S3) Students will enhance their ability to think creatively in constructing solutions to problems.

    (S4) Students will develop their ability to marshal arguments, and present them orally and in writing.

    (S5) Students will develop and enhance their ability to work effectively and independently.

    (S6) Students will become more self-disciplined, and intellectually self-sufficient.

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy: the Examined Life (PHIL237)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To consider the theories and arguments of some of the most important ancient philosophers, in particular Plato and Aristotle.

    To analyse and practise the dialectical skills portrayed in the ancient texts.

    To reflect on the significance of rational discourse in the pursuit for the good life.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in ancient Greek philosophy.

    (LO2) Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to classic ethical, epistemological and/or metaphysical issues.

    (LO3) Students will be able to identify points of agreement and disagreement between different philosophies.

    (LO4) Students will be able to structure a discussion of central issues in ancient Greek philosophy.

    (LO5) Students will be able to engage dialectically with positions in ancient Greek philosophy and to articulate the implications of these positions.

    (LO6) Students will be able to present their ideas with clarity and confidence.

    (LO7) Students will be able to write coherent, structured and informative accounts of abstract philosophical issues.

    (LO8) Students will be able to highlight the social and political dimensions of ancient Greek philosophy, in terms of justice and the 'good life'.

    (LO9) Students will be able to compare and contrast philosophy as an intellectual activity and philosophy as a 'way of life', with reference to Socratic enquiry.

    (LO10) Students will be able to reflect on the significance of ancient Greek philosophy for the emergence of Western ideals about democracy and rational discourse.

    (S1) Students will develop their skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the World Wide Web and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

    (S2) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S3) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S4) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S5) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems, and reconstructing and evaluating arguments.

    (S6) Students will enhance their ability to identify and reflect critically upon the issues that underlie debates.

    (S7) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

    (S8) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S9) Students will develop the ability to perform bibliographical searches, to include (to professional standard) citations and bibliographies in their work and to plan, organise and produce presentations and essays.

    (S10) Students will enhance their oral and written communications skills and develop skill in explaining complex material in a precise manner.

  • Moral Philosophy: Theory and Practice (PHIL239)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Students will consider the theories and arguments of some of the most important contemporary moral philosophers focused on normative and applied ethics. Students will discuss some of the main concepts in moral philosophy. Students will appreciate the variety of philosophical issues raised by morality and a range of controversial social practices.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to distinguish some of the main concepts in moral philosophical debates.

    (LO2) Students will be able to distinguish between different ways of understanding  concepts in moral philosophical debates.

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in contemporary moral philosophy.

    (LO4) Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to ethical issues.

    (LO5) Students will be able to identify philosophical assumptions underlying ethical claims.

    (LO6) Students will be able to structure a discussion of issues in moral philosophy.

    (LO7) Students will be able to speak with confidence and clarity on issues of moral philosophy.

    (LO8) Students will be able to explain details of influential texts in recent moral philosophy.

    (LO9) Students will be able to articulate and defend positions in moral philosophy.

    (LO10) Students will be able to write coherently and rigorously about abstract philosophical issues raised by ethical controversies.

    (S1) Students will develop their skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the World Wide Web and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

    (S2) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S3) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S4) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S5) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S6) Students will enhance their ability to identify and reflect critically upon the issues that underlie debates.

    (S7) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

    (S8) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S9) Students will develop the ability to perform bibliographical searches, to include (to professional standard) citations and bibliographies in their work and to plan, organise and produce presentations and essays.

    (S10) Students will enhance their oral and written communications skills and develop skill in explaining complex material in a precise manner.

  • Business Ethics (PHIL271)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To introduce and explain major contemporary perspectives on corporate behaviours.

    To introduce moral perspectives as they relate to managerial decision-making and corporate structures.

    To make students familiar with a range of recurrent ethical problems arising in business. To improve students' skills in identifying and analyzing ethical issues that managers and employees face.

    To give students practice in formulating, defending, and planning the implementation of action plans managing ethical dilemmas.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to discuss the main theories concerning the place of ethics in business.

    (LO2) Student will be able to explain assess the main approaches to normative ethics.

    (LO3) Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning costs and benefits, the challenge posed by uncertainty, professional roles, profits and the right of shareholder interests, and affirmative action.

    (LO4) Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning the obligations of complex organizations with respect to loyalty and whistle-blowing, insider trading, customer responsibility, and corporate responsibility.

    (LO5) Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning social justice and executive compensation.

    (LO6) Students will be able to consider an ethical approach as a basis for sustainable marketing.

    (S1) Students will enhance their ability to identify the issues that underlie debates.

    (S2) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches, and their ability to identify presuppositions and to reflect critically upon them.

    (S3) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S4) Students will develop their ability to work in groups.

    (S5) Students will develop their ability to sift through information, assessing the relevance and importance of the information to what is at issue.

    (S6) Students will develop their problem-solving skills.

    (S7) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S8) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S9) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S11) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S12) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading

    (S13) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

    (S14) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S15) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S16) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S17) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

    (S18) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

    (S19) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

  • Business Ethics (PHIL272)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To introduce and explain major contemporary perspectives on corporate behaviours.

    To introduce moral perspectives as they relate to managerial decision-making and corporate structures.

    To make students familiar with a range of recurrent ethical problems arising in business.

    To improve students' skills in identifying and analyzing ethical issues that managers and employees face.

    To give students practice in formulating, defending, and planning the implementation of action plans managing ethical dilemmas.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to discuss the main theories concerning the place of ethics in business.

    (LO2) Student will be able to explain assess the main approaches to normative ethics.

    (LO3) Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning costs and benefits, the challenge posed by uncertainty, professional roles, profits and the right of shareholder interests, and affirmative action.

    (LO4) Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning the obligations of complex organizations with respect to loyalty and whistle-blowing, insider trading, customer responsibility, and corporate responsibility.

    (LO5) Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning social justice and executive compensation.

    (LO6) Students will be able to consider an ethical approach as a basis for sustainable marketing.

    (S1) Students will enhance their ability to identify the issues that underlie debates.

    (S2) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches, and their ability to identify presuppositions and to reflect critically upon them.

    (S3) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S4) Students will develop their ability to work in groups.

    (S5) Students will develop their ability to sift through information, assessing the relevance and importance of the information to what is at issue.

    (S6) Students will develop their problem-solving skills.

    (S7) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S8) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S9) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S11) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S12) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading

    (S13) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

    (S14) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S15) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S16) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S17) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

    (S18) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

    (S19) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

  • Uses, Misuses and Abuses of Language (PHIL276)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to key concepts and figures in the project of understanding natural language . To introduce students to the distinction between semantics and pragmatics and to speech-act theory. To introduce students to some contemporary applications of speech-act theory to topics in political philosophy.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain different accounts of the meaning and function of referring expressions.

    (LO2) Students will be able to understand and apply the distinction between semantics and pragmatics.

    (LO3) Students will be able to discuss competing philosophical accounts of the relation between meaning and use.

    (LO4) Students will be able to explain and critically assess Grice’s theory of meaning and/or Austin’s speech-act theory.

    (LO5) Students will be able to apply theoretical tools from philosophy of language to questions about free speech and harm in political philosophy.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (S4) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    (S5) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S6) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

    (S7) Problem solving skills

    (S8) Organisational skills

    (S9) Communication skills

Year Three Optional Modules

  • Dissertation (MODL307)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students the opportunity to carry out independent research at an advanced level, with appropriate support, into a cultural, literary or linguistic topic of interest to them;

    To draw on and extend the skills and knowledge of relevant cultural, literary or linguistic issues and theoretical debates students have acquired in their taught modules;

    To produce a piece of individual research which presents an argument developed over 10,000 words, usually divided into Introduction, three chapters, and Conclusion.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Utilise a variety of bibliographical tools to locate a range of primary and secondary sources on which to base a research project.

    (LO2) Construct, focus and structure an independent project, in discussion with a personal supervisor working in that subject area.

    (LO3) Analyse source materials, and develop coherent and original arguments on the basis of research.

    (LO4) Engage critically with relevant cultural, literary or linguistic and / or theoretical debates on the topic.

    (LO5) Manage time effectively and efficiently and plan a long-term process of research, reading and writing.

    (LO6) Present a confident and coherent argument in clear written prose, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

    (S1) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

    (S2) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S3) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S7) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S8) Time and project management - Project management

    (S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S10) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Aspects of Cinematic Realism (FILM302)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The module will introduce students to the theoretical and practical implications of the realist aesthetic as it has been interpreted at different times and places in the history of film. Using this central concept as a base, the module aims to make students aware of the evolution of critical and theoretical approaches to film, its function and its mode of operation, from classical film criticism, through the semiotically-based analyses of the sixties and seventies, to more recent concentration on spectatorship and audience reception;

    The module aims to encourage a critical evaluation of realism as aconcept and of particular film-texts in the light of the theory underlying their production;

    The module aims to equip students with skills to engage in careful textual analysis and to assess comparatively how different stylistic choices mediate audience engagement with the reality that is notionally represented;

    At final-year level this module aims to enable students to work at a level of some theoretical sophistication and to show ability to relate complex general ideas to particular instances.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Familiarity with key concepts in film theory and ability to handle them with relation to specific texts.

    (LO2) An awareness of the critical and practical debates which have been engaged in Europe around the artistic potential and the vocational function of cinema, ability to assess the various positions critically and to formulate rigorous arguments to explain the student's own position.

    (LO3) Understanding of the various complex implications of an apparently simple concept.

    (LO4) Ability to express ideas succinctly and to carry out independent textual (visual) analysis.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S6) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S7) Information skills - Information accessing: Locating relevant information and identifying and evaluating information sources

    (S8) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Cinema and Narratives of French Society (FREN337)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module will study the ways in which French cinema has approached, and occasionally helped to construct, the history of the twentieth century. We will look at the options available to film-makers faced with the task of recording and representing their own society, including ways in which the construction of such narratives has been questioned, with a view to assessing cinema’s role in the never-ending process of construction of French cultural identity;

    The module aims to raise students’ awareness of the ways in which Frenchness has been represented;

    The module will introduce them to theories of cinematic representation and to the ways in which these impinge on the world-view of the spectator;

    Students will gain awareness of the role which cinema plays in society (French society especially);

    Students will gain experience in close analysis of the implications of key texts, through their formal choices as well as their content.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Awareness of the changing representation of French history and French society in a popular national medium.

    (LO2) Familiarity with key concepts in film theory and ability to handle them with relation to specific texts

    (LO3) Ability to express ideas succinctly and to carry out extended independent textual (visual) analysis.

    (LO4) Ability to undertake critical analysis of cultural representations and to relate them appropriately to their context.

    (S1) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Information skills - Evaluation

    (S6) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S8) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S9) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

    (S10) Time and project management - Personal organisation

  • The German Cinema Since 1990 (GRMN330)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with a detailed knowledge of the German cinema since 1990 and its social and institutional context;           To sensitise students to debates about the return of popular-genre and star-led cinema in the German film industry since 1990 and the rise of so-called 'heritage' cinema;           To sensitise students to films as historical texts which emerge from and engage with the context of their production;            To sensitise students to film as an aesthetic artefact determined on the one hand by particular conditions of production (i.e. the studio system) and produced on the other according to cinematic conventions of film language, genre etc.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will gain an understanding of the ongoing development of film within the social, institutional and commercial context of the German film industry of the 1990s.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate a good understanding of the critical debates surrounding the return of genre cinema and popular film-making in the German film industry in the 1990s and they will be able to relate these to debates about German film-making before 1990.

    (LO3) Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of the work of some of the most important film directors to have emerged in since 1990 and the relation of their work to traditions of German film-making and international trends

    (LO4) Students will demonstrate a critical grasp of a range of visual, textual and other historical material, an ability to extract and synthesise information and to express arguments cogently in writing.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Screening Spain: Contemporary Spanish Film and Television (HISP344)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To analyse television, film (documentary and narrative) from Spain in the context of Spanish culture and wider theories of media and cultural studies;

    To examine a number of Spanish films and television productions with their broader sociohistorical, political and industrial contexts;

    To explore the ways in which Spanish film and television responds to and intervenes in contemporary social and political debates;

    To enhance students' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an advanced understanding and knowledge of theories of film and television.

    (LO2) Be able to show how the texts studied on the course intervene in debates surrounding contemporary social and / or political issues.

    (LO3) Apply theoretical approaches or secondry literature to the analysis of film and television.

    (LO4) Successfully consider issues of representation in film and television in terms of Spanish cultural studies and media studies.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Independence

  • Italian Crime Stories: From Noir Fiction to Mafia Films (ITAL321)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce and broaden the students’ perceptions of Italian crime and Mafia fiction and film; To introduce a variety of theoretical and critical approaches and considers how the different sources can relate to each other and to society; To explore and analyse a variety of sources (including novels, films and TV series); To make students aware of relevant aspects of Italian crime and Mafia fiction and film which they may wish to explore further in postgraduate research programmes.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to understand and discuss literary texts, films and other artefacts and to place these sources in its broader historical, cultural and social context.

    (LO2) An ability to apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of written and audio-visual sources.  

    (LO3) Ability to demonstrate confidence in written analysis and debate

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Oral skills

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Independence

    (S6) Research skills - Independent analysis

  • Queer Film, VIdeo and Documentary (COMM305)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to queer theory and queer politics through the history and analysis of the production and reception of moving images. To encourage students to develop advanced moving image analysis skills and use them to differentiate between the forms and practices of film, video and documentary. To introduce key concepts and key theories around LGBTQ+ identity as historically, culturally, and politically situated. To encourage students to widen their knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ+ equality and diversity through the theory, history, ethics, and politics of queer moving images. 

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of queer film, video and documentary.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate familiarity with key concepts and debates in queer theory.

    (LO3) Students will demonstrate skills in advanced moving image analysis.

    (LO4) Students will demonstrate a practical ability to facilitate a workshop discussion.

    (LO5) Students will demonstrate a practical ability to conceive of a thematic queer film season for an LGBT+ film festival with underpinning rationale and theory.

    (S1) Teamwork.

    (S2) Organisational skills.

    (S3) International awareness.

    (S4) Ethical awareness.

    (S5) Commercial awareness.

    (S6) Problem solving skills.

  • American Independent Cinema (COMM316)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To examine the ways in which American independent cinema represents a distinct mode of filmmaking from mainstream Hollywood by exploring the industrial and economic conditions that have given birth to independent films, especially in the post-1980 period.   To examine the ways in which American independent cinema represents a distinct mode of filmmaking from mainstream Hollywood by exploring the aesthetic choices and representational strategies filmmakers of independent films have made and how those might differ from choices and strategies associated with dominant aesthetic and representational regimes.   To examine the ways in which American independent cinema represents a distinct mode of filmmaking from mainstream Hollywood by exploring the relationship of a number of independent films to broader social, cultural, political and ideological landscapes such as Reaganite politics, the politics of counter-culture, racial and gender politics, etc.  

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of the debates that have surrounded the concept of independence in American cinema.

    (LO2) Demonstrate an understanding of the manner in which independent film has been mobilised to respond to particular economic and social-cultural changes in the United States.

    (LO3) Be able to identify the key aesthetic choices employed in a number of such films and the ways in which they differ from dominant regimes of representation.

    (LO4) Be able to understand American independent cinema as an industrial product determined by a specific mode of production and circulation/distribution.

    (S1) Commercial awareness.

    (S2) Problem solving skills.

    (S3) Teamwork.

    (S4) Organisational skills.

    (S5) Communication skills.

    (S6) IT skills.

  • Stardom and Media Celebrity (COMM303)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module is designed to introduce students to the academic disciplines of star studies and celebrity studies, and to help develop students’ understanding of vocabulary, theoretical perspectives, and advanced concepts related to the areas of stardom and media celebrity. It will encourage students to differentiate between historical periods in stardom and mediated identities, and across different media platforms and contexts. It will encourage students to widen their knowledge of public figures and celebrities via conceptual, technological, economic, political and formal approaches to the topic, and to make connections between the idea of stardom/fame and other media topics and discourses.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The student will demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts in and theoretical approaches to stardom and celebrity.

    (LO2) The student will critically evaluate historical shifts in celebrity cultures.

    (LO3) The student will analyse the roles played by audiences, actors, employers and different media forms in the construction of stardom.

    (LO4) The student will analyse the way in which case studies of specific examples illustrate stardom and celebrity.

    (LO5) The student will relate this analysis to wider concerns within mainstream filmmaking and media performance, across cinema, television, advertising, digital media, and alternative media forms.

    (S1) Proficient use of electronic resources and tools for research as specified and required.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis.

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

    (S5) Ability to analyse theories and concepts and apply knowledge.

    (S6) Ability to construct and convey a coherent argument in written form.

  • The Film Music of John Williams (MUSI370)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an account of John Williams' film music output (including stylistic development and compositional technique). To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between John Williams' film music and the narrative and dramatic content of the relevant films. To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between John Williams' film music and traditional or historical compositional techniques. To provide students with an appreciation of the contextual issues relevant to understanding John Williams' film music (e.g. Hollywood; directorial vision; populism etc).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of John Williams' film music output (from a stylistic perspective).

    (LO2) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationship between John Williams' film music and earlier compositional traditions and conventions.

    (LO3) To be able to relate elements of John William's compositional technique to specific film contexts or mechanics.

    (LO4) To demonstrate an awareness of broader critical and cultural issues, as relevant to situating John William's film music in context.

    (LO5) To be able to apply knowledge, understanding, and awareness (as described in the prior learning outcomes). To original case-study film examples.

    (S1) Research skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) Comprehension

    (S4) Writing skills

    (S5) Applied skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) Critical Thinking

  • Screening Antiquity (CLAH330)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module introduces students to the reception of antiquity on screen.  As well as enabling students to build knowledge and understanding of key strategies and themes in the representation of ancient Greece and Rome in film, television and video games, it encourages them to develop theoretical approaches and analytical skills for evaluating their shape and significance.  Over the course of the module, students become active critics of the depiction of the ancient world in popular culture.  Through the Group Project, they have an opportunity to produce a written scene for an ancient world film of their own invention and to reflect critically on their own creative processes. For students in Ancient History, Classics and Classical Studies, this module advances perspectives and understanding developed during CLAH 200 Politics of the Past and CLAH 211 Rebuilding Troy, by exploring the representation of the ancient history and myth in contemporary contexts.  Students on the Film Studies pathway will bring their methodological know-how and subject expertise to bear on a distinctive 'genre' of film, reaching out to the related media of television and video games.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To develop knowledge and understanding of the range, character, and inter-relationships of representations of the ancient world on screen, i.e. in the popular audio-visual media of film, television and video games and, hence, in the Western cultural imagination

    (LO2) To appreciate how the representation of ancient Greece and Rome on screen is informed by developments in technology and responds to and impacts upon contemporary politics and society

    (LO3) To acquire and apply theoretical vocabulary and tools for the analysis of the reception of antiquity on screen, with attention to adaptation, translation and intertextuality (between ancient and modern material, and between genres and media)

    (LO4) To acquire and apply theoretical vocabulary and tools for the analysis of the reception of antiquity on screen, with attention to technical and formal properties of audio-visual media and their representational strategies

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

  • Modal Logic (PHIL301)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To introduce students to some systems of pure and applied modal logic and to some associated philosophical issues.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to construct proofs in a system of propositional logic not studied on previous modules.

    (LO2) Students will be able to explain the distinction between primitive and derived rules of inference and prove, of derived rules, that they are derived.

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain the relationships between necessity, possibility, impossibility and contingency.

    (LO4) Students will be distinguish between the systems K, M, B, S4 and S5 and to construct proofs in these systems.

    (LO5) Students will be able to explain the working of the system of deontic logic D, an applied modal logic dealing with moral/legal obligation and permissibility and to construct proofs in D.

    (LO6) Students will be able to explain and employ concepts from model-theoretical semantics for modal logics.

    (LO7) Students will be able to explain the the relationships between various systems in terms of the properties of the accessibility relation.

    (LO8) Students will be able to assess sequents for validity in modal systems using trees, to construct counter-models for invalid sequents and to verify counter-models by appeal to model-theoretical considerations.

    (S1) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S2) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

    (S3) Students will develop their ability to work independently.

    (S4) Students will develop their problem-solving skills.

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S6) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S8) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

    (S9) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience

  • Frontiers of Ethics (PHIL302)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To consider conceptual and ethical issues arising from matters of global concern, such as international justice, humanitarian intervention and the environmental crisis. To consider arguments and assumptions underlying a range of claims concerning such issues as disability, global citizenship, climate change and the ethical status of nature. To examine difficulties for traditional philosophical approaches raised by such issues and recent theoretical developments relevant to them.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to distinguish between some of the main concepts involved in philosophical debates arising from matters of current global concern.

    (LO2) Students will be able to distinguish between different ways of understanding  concepts in philosophical debates arising from from matters of global concern.

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in debates about matters of disability, global justice, just war, environmental justice and environmental ethics.

    (LO4) Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to current ethical issues.

    (LO5) Students will be able to identify philosophical assumptions underlying ethical claims.

    (LO6) Students will be able to structure a philosophical discussion of current ethical issues.

    (LO7) Students will be able to speak with confidence and clarity on current ethical issues.

    (LO8) Students will be able to explain details of texts shaping current philosophical debates about matters of global concern.

    (LO9) Students will be able to articulate and defend positions in current philosophical debates about matters of global concern.

    (LO10) Students will be able to write coherently and rigorously about abstract philosophical issues raised by current ethical controversies.

    (S1) Students will develop their skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the World Wide Web and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

    (S2) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S3) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S4) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S5) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S6) Students will enhance their ability to identify and reflect critically upon the issues that underlie debates.

    (S7) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

    (S8) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S9) Students will develop the ability to research a philosophical topic, perform bibliographical searches, to include (to professional standard) citations and bibliographies in their work and to plan, organise and produce presentations and essays.

    (S10) Students will enhance their oral and written communications skills and develop skill in explaining complex material in a precise manner.

  • Mind, Brain and Consciousness (PHIL309)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To give students an understanding of the main developments in twentieth century analytic philosophy of mind: dualism, behaviourism, identity theory and functionalism. To give students a grasp of cutting-edge debates in philosophy of mind concerning (i) the place of consciousness in nature, (ii) the relationship between consciousness and thought, (iii) artificial intelligence.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students should be able to explain the history of twentieth century analytic philosophy of mind.

    (LO2) Students should be able to explain cutting edge contemporary debates on, the place of consciousness in nature, the relationship between thought and consciousness, artificial intelligence.

    (LO3) Students should be able to build a case for a specific view concerning, the place of consciousness in nature, the relationship between thought and consciousness, artificial intelligence.

    (LO4) Students should be able to explain the main strengths and weaknesses of dominant theories on these three things in the philosophical literature.

    (LO5) Students should further develop their abilities to extract arguments from texts, render them in schematic form, and assess the soundness of their premises and the validity of their structures.

    (LO6) Students should be able to think more creatively about the relationship between thought, consciousness and the physical world.

    (S1) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S2) Students will enhance their ability to identify the issues that underlie debates.

    (S3) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches, and their ability to identify presuppositions and to reflect critically upon them.

    (S4) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S5) Students will develop the ability to perform bibliographical searches, to include to professional standard, citations and bibliographies in their work and to plan, organise and produce presentations and essays.

    (S6) Students will enhance their oral and written communications skills and develop skill in explaining complex material in a precise manner.

    (S7) Students will develop their ability to work independently.

    (S8) Students will develop their ability to sift through information, assessing the relevance and importance of the information to what is at issue.

    (S9) Students will develop their skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the World Wide Web and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

  • Philosophy of Language (PHIL310)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To study some of the main issues in the contemporary philosophy of language.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain the point of compositional theories of meaning.

    (LO2) Students will be able to explain the nature and purpose of Frege's sense-reference distinction.

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain Russell's Theory of Descriptions.

    (LO4) Students will be able to explain the difference between extensionality and intensionality and be able to evaluate some of the problems connected with these notions.

    (LO5) Students will be able to explain and evaluate sceptical approaches to meaning, such as Quine's and Kripke's.

    (LO6) Students will be able to explain and evaluate Davidson's programme of radical interpretation.

    (LO7) Students will be able to explain rival theories of truth and evaluate their relative merits.

    (LO8) Students will be able to explain the connections between the notions of truth and meaning, and be able to evaluate the debate between realists and anti-realists.

    (S1) Students will enhance their ability to read and understand complex texts and arguments.

    (S2) Students will develop their analytical skills.

    (S3) Students will enhance their ability to construct arguments both orally and in writing.

    (S4) Students will develop the ability to work independently.

    (S5) Students will develop the ability to make appropriate use of library and internet resources.

    (S6) Students will enhance their ability to write correct formal English prose on analytical issues.

    (S7) Students will enhance their ability to engage in discussion about controversial and difficult matters.

  • Philosophy of the Future (PHIL312)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide an introduction to debates concerning the philosophical implications of foreseeable future technological innovations. To examine the relevance of metaphysical and ethical considerations to future technological and scientific developments.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to identify the main issues and positions in contemporary philosophical discussions of issues such as human enhancement, existential risks, teleportation, time travel, the technological singularity, the simulation argument, the feasibility and desirability of uploading into virtual worlds.

    (LO2) Students will be able to explain the main strengths and weaknesses of these positions.

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain the relevance of metaphysical and ethical considerations to debates concerning these issues. 

    (LO4) Students will be able to think more creatively about philosophical issues.

    (LO5) Students will be able to structure philosophical arguments relating issues raised by future technological developments.

    (LO6) Students will be able to articulate and defend specific positions in current philosophical debates concerning likely future developments in science and technology.

    (LO7) Students will be able to write coherently and rigorously about the philosophical issues raised by future technological developments.

    (S1) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S2) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S3) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S4) Students will enhance their ability to identify the issues with truly underlie debates.

    (S5) Students will develop their ability to marshal arguments, and present them orally and in writing.

    (S6) Students will develop and enhance their ability to work effectively and independently.

    (S7) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S8) Students will develop their skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the World Wide Web and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

  • Mythologies of Transhumanism (PHIL313)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module aims to familiarise students with key transhumanist concepts and arguments, their history and philosophical context. Participants will improve their ability to analyze arguments, criticize texts, write well-argued essays, and question received ideas. At the end of the module, they will, with limited guidance, be able to construct and evaluate as well as formulate and express ideas at an intermediate level of abstraction, and assess and criticize the views of others.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to distinguish between different ways of understanding concepts in philosophical debates about human enhancement.

    Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in debates about human enhancement.​​

    Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to debates about human enhancement.​​

    Students will be able to identify philosophical assumptions underlying ethical claims.​​

    ​Students will be able to structure a philosophical discussion of current ethical issues.​​
  • Aesthetics (PHIL316)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Students will be introduced to arguments of some of the most important philosophers on art, aesthetics and cultural theory, including Kant, Hegel, Danto and Tolstoy. Students will consider key concepts and theories in aesthetics, including the aesthetic judgement, disinterestedness, the institutional theory of art, the nature of representation and expression and feminist and post-modern critiques. Students will be encouraged to make connections between works of art and artistic practices of the past and present.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in aesthetics.

    (LO2) Students will be able to analyse key concepts and arguments relating to aesthetics and art.

    (LO3) Students will be able to structure discussion of issues in aesthetics.

    (LO4) Students will be able to identify links between influential philosophical theories and artistic practices.

    (LO5) Students will be able to articulate and defend positions in aesthetics and philosophy of art.

    (LO6) Students will be able to present their ideas with clarity and confidence.

    (LO7) Students will be able to develop in writing coherent, structured and informative accounts on abstract philosophical issues.

    (S1) Students will develop their skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the World Wide Web and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

    (S2) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S3) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S4) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S5) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S6) Students will enhance their ability to identify and reflect critically upon the issues that underlie debates.

    (S7) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

    (S8) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S9) Students will develop the ability to perform bibliographical searches, to include to professional standard citations and bibliographies in their work and to plan, organise and produce presentations and essays.

    (S10) Students will enhance their oral and written communications skills and develop skill in explaining complex material in a precise manner.

  • Indian Philosophy (PHIL326)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To examine the ways in which philosophy in Classical India develops as a dialogue between thinkers of Buddhist and Brahminical persuasions and to relate fundamental Indian metaphysical concepts to Western counterparts. To investigate what is distinctive about Indian approaches to questions of ontology, soteriology, social harmony, and morality.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to engage in informed discussions identifying and evaluating the concepts and categories in which philosophical discussions were conducted in India.

    (LO2) Students will able to be enabled to assimilate a different view Western philosophical traditions from the perspective of Indian philosophical traditions.

    (LO3) Students will be able to contextualise information about the Indian worldviews under discussion.

    (LO4) Students will be able to think more imaginatively by empathising with unfamiliar outlooks on life.

    (LO5) Students will be able to engage in debate informed by an awareness of the particularity and peculiarities of Western philosophical positions.

    (S1) Students will develop the confidence to consider previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

    (S2) Students will enhance their abilities to read and understand texts from non-European cultural traditions.

    (S3) Students will improve their ability to identify the issues that underlie debates.

    (S4) Students will develop their ability to identify presuppositions and to reflect critically upon them.

    (S5) Students will develop a facility to compare and evaluate categories of thought from other civilisations.

    (S6) Students will enhance their written and oral communication skills.

    (S7) Students will develop their ability to work independently.

    (S8) Students will develop an ability to write in a manner that accords with professional standards and expectations.

  • Philosophy and Literature (PHIL327)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Students will be introduced to arguments of some of the most important philosophers on literature, such as Plato, Aristotle, Du Bois, Benjamin, Derrida and Nussbaum.

    Students will consider key concepts and theories that deal with specific themes surrounding philosophical and literary production, such as the nature of emotion, narrative, metaphor and language.

    Students will be encouraged to make connections with works of literature from different historical periods and cultural contexts.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the theories central to philosophy and literature.

    (LO2) Students will be able to analyse key concepts and arguments relating to philosophy of literature.

    (LO3) Students will be able to structure discussion of issues in philosophy and literature.

    (LO4) Students will be able to interrogate literature through philosophy and vice versa.

    (LO5) Students will be able to articulate and defend positions in philosophy of literature.

    (LO6) Students will be able to present their ideas with clarity and confidence.

    (LO7) Students will be able to develop in writing coherent, structured and informative accounts on philosophical issues.

    (S1) Students will develop their skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the World Wide Web and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

    (S2) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S3) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S4) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S5) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S6) Students will enhance their ability to identify and reflect critically upon the issues that underlie debates.

    (S7) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

    (S8) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S9) Students will develop the ability to perform bibliographical searches, to include to professional standard citations and bibliographies in their work and to plan, organise and produce presentations and essays.

    (S10) Students will enhance their oral and written communications skills and develop skill in explaining complex material in a precise manner.

  • Existentialism (PHIL332)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To consider the theories and arguments of some of the most important existentialist philosophers, such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Sartre. To analyse some of the main themes of existentialist philosophy, such as absurdity, ethics, authenticity and 'truth'. To relate the philosophical issues raised by existentialism to lived practice and to concrete examples.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in existentialism.

    (LO2) Students will be able to analyse key concepts and arguments relating to existentialism.

    (LO3) Students will be able to structure discussion of issues around existentialist metaphysics and ethics.

    (LO4) Students will be able to identify the relevance of existentialist philosophy to their own lives.

    (LO5) Students will be able to articulate and defend positions relating to existentialist themes.

    (LO6) Students will be able to present their ideas with clarity and confidence.

    (LO7) Students will be able to write coherent, structured and informative accounts on abstract philosophical issues.

    (S1) Students will develop their skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the World Wide Web and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

    (S2) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S3) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S4) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S5) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S6) Students will enhance their ability to identify and reflect critically upon the issues that underlie debates.

    (S7) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

    (S8) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S9) Students will enhance their oral and written communications skills and develop skill in explaining complex material in a precise manner.

  • Philosophical Approaches to Conflict (PHIL365)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the philosophical analysis of conflict. To help students to think through for themselves the just solution to various conflicts between  societies and within society. To help students to think through for themselves the appropriateness or otherwise of the various ways in which present-day societies solve, or attempt to solve, conflicts. To help students to think through for themselves the relationship between state and individual, and between different groups in the state.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will show a capacity to analyse and evaluate, from a philosophical point of view, competing legal and moral rights.

    (LO2) Students will be able to form considered and philosophically defensible judgements about appropriate resolution when rights clash in the public sphere.

    (LO3) Students will be able to apply theoretical resources to conflictual issues of contemporary socio-political and/or legal concern.

    (LO4) Students will be able to articulate philosophical debates emerging from analysis of complex and sensitive scenarios.

    (LO5) Students will be able to defend positions in relation to competing socio-political perspectives.

    (LO6) Students will be able to be able to write with philosophical rigour about socio-political and/or legal conflicts.

    (S1) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S2) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S3) Students will enhance their ability to identify the issues that underlie debates.

    (S4) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches, and their ability to identify presuppositions and to reflect critically upon them.

    (S5) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S6) Students will develop their ability to work independently.

    (S7) Students will develop their ability to sift through information, assessing the relevance and importance of the information to what is at issue.

    (S8) Students will develop their problem-solving skills.

    (S9) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S10) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S11) Students will exercise skills in the digital sharing of their work and peer comment.

  • Classical Chinese Philosophy (PHIL367)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To investigate what is distinctive about classical Chinese approaches to questions of ontology, social harmony, personal morality and soteriology. To examine the ways in which philosophy in Classical Chinese civilisation develops in the Hundred Schools period, with particular attention to the dialogue between Confucians and Daoists.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to engage in informed discussions about the concepts and categories in which philosophical discussions were conducted in ancient China.

    (LO2) Students will develop abilities in developing and contextualising new information about other worldviews.

    (LO3) Students will be enabled to assimilate alternative cultural perspectives from which to view their own traditions.

    (LO4) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories propounded in the classical period of Chinese thought.

    (LO5) Students will be able to discuss the problem of cultural relativism informed by an understanding of a particular alien pattern of thinking.

    (LO6) Students will be able to relate classical Chinese thought to European philosophical interests.

    (S1) Students will develop abilities to read and understand ancient texts in English translation.

    (S2) Students will improve their ability to identify the issues that underlie debates.

    (S3) Students will develop the confidence to consider previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

    (S4) Students will develop their ability to identify presuppositions and to reflect critically upon them.

    (S5) Students will develop a facility to compare and evaluate categories of thought from different cultures.

    (S6) Students will enhance their written and communication skills.

    (S7) Students will develop their ability to work independently.

    (S8) Students will develop an ability to write in a manner that accords with professional standards and expectations.

  • Hellenistic and Neoplatonic Philosophy (PHIL368)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To consider the theories and arguments of some of the most important philosophers of the Hellenistic and Neoplatonic periods. To study key ethical, epistemological and metaphysical concepts and their interconnections. To enable students to analyse and practise the dialectical skills portrayed in the texts examined.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in Hellenistic and Neoplatonic philosophy.

    (LO2) Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to classic ethical, epistemological and/or metaphysical issues.

    (LO3) Students will be able to structure a discussion of central issues in Hellenistic and Neoplatonic philosophy

    (LO4) Students will be able to identify points of agreement and disagreement between different philosophies.

    (LO5) Students will be able to engage dialectically with positions in ancient and/or medieval philosophy and articulate their implications.

    (LO6) Students will be able to present their ideas with clarity and confidence.

    (LO7) Students will be able to develop in writing coherent, structured and informative accounts of abstract philosophical issues.

    (S1) Students will develop their skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the World Wide Web and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

    (S2) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S3) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S4) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S5) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S6) Students will enhance their ability to identify and reflect critically upon the issues that underlie debates.

    (S7) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches

    (S8) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S9) Students will develop the ability to perform bibliographical searches, to include (to professional standard) citations and bibliographies in their work and to plan, organise and produce presentations and essays.

    (S10) Students will enhance their oral and written communications skills and develop skill in explaining complex material in a precise manner.

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.