PPM100-Dissertation

Module Provider: Philosophy
Number of credits: 80 [40 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Pre-requisites: PPM10 Essay Module 1 PPM15 Essay module 2 PPM20 Essay module 3 PPM40 Seminar presentation
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Severin Schroeder

Email: s.j.schroeder@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This MA dissertation module is intended to build on your undergraduate studies, deepening your knowledge and understanding of a chosen topic in Philosophy, enabling you to discuss research issues with practising researchers, making you aware of current research in Philosophy, and developing your research skills to prepare you, where appropriate, for research degrees.

Aims:
This MA dissertation module is intended to build on your undergraduate studies, deepening your knowledge and understanding of a chosen topic in Philosophy, enabling you to discuss research issues with practising researchers, making you aware of current research in Philosophy, and developing your research skills to prepare you, where appropriate, for research degrees.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, you will have engaged in specialized study of a specific topic in Philosophy and be acquainted with recent research on this topic. You will be able to plan and produce a substantial and extended piece of written work under supervision, as a potential foundation for further study.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Individual supervision on a topic in Philosophy including the following:
Philosophy of Mind
Epistemology
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Science
Wittgenstein
Philosophy of Language
Continental Philosophy
Ethics
Aesthetics
Philosophy of Law
Early Modern Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Religion
Kant
Plato and Aristotle

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching is primarily by means of individual supervision, supplemented by classes according to student interest and staff research activity.
Students are entitled to one brief introductory supervision and four substantial supervisions for the dissertation. It is the student's responsibility to arrange the supervisions and to spread them fairly evenly throughout the term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 4.5
Guided independent study 795.5
       
Total hours by term 800.00
       
Total hours for module 800.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
A dissertation of not more than 20,000 words.

Formative assessment methods:
Discussion of draft work with supervisor.
Practice presentation in seminar, evaluated by seminar convenor.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
n/a

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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