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2014/15 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHIL3690 Medieval Philosophy

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Professor Mark Wynn
Email: m.wynn@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2014/15

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module examines the thought of medieval philosophers and philosophical theologians on a variety of themes, including metaphysics, creation, human nature, the moral life, and the nature of ultimate happiness.

Objectives

This module will equip students to develop an in-depth and critical understanding of the work of some of the major philosophers and philosophical theologians of the medieval period. The module will examine the perspective of medieval philosophers on the nature of fundamental reality and of the human person.

Learning outcomes
- An understanding of key ideas in the work of central figures of the medieval period, including conceptions of God, creation and the human person
- An understanding of the relationship between these ideas and earlier and contemporary movements of thought
- An ability to relate medieval thought to modern debates about the human person and their metaphysical context


Syllabus

The module will examine the thought of philosophers and philosophical theologians across the medieval period, to include some of the following figures and movements:

Augustine
Boethius
John Scotus Eriugena
Anselm
The School of Chartres
Bonaventure
Thomas Aquinas
John Duns Scotus
William of Ockham
Meister Eckhart

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Up to 4 hours gathering and reading resources, note-taking and thinking per lecture = 40 hours
Up to 4 hours gathering and reading resources, note-taking and thinking per seminar = 36 hours
Up to 52 hours planning, gathering & reading resources, note-taking, thinking, drafting & re-drafting for essay
Up to 52 hours planning, gathering & reading resources, note-taking, thinking, drafting & re-drafting for exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Lecture attendance
Seminar attendance and participation
Occasional informal conversation and email correspondence

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/01/2015

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