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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHIL3220 Hume

20 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Victor Dura-Vila

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Pre-requisite qualifications

Any level 2 module in the History of Philosophy.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
make sense of a difficult philosophical text;
place philosophical concepts and theories in their historical context;
analyse and articulate philosophical arguments embedded in a text;
give a clear exposition of a philosopher’s position through close reading of a primary text;
apply philosophical analysis and arguments in critical evaluation of a philosopher’s position;
write essays which conform to academic practice.

Skills outcomes
The ability to:
- interpret texts from the history of philosophy.
- understand and critically evaluate philosophical arguments and positions from the history of philosophy.
- pay attention to detail.
- engage in one’s own research.
- write critically and in a focused way.


This module will focus on one or more advanced topics in the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher David Hume (1711-76), depending on the research interests of the module leader. Topics covered may include (for example) Hume's moral philosophy, philosophy of religion, epistemology and metaphysics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours176.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)198.00

Private study

88 hours seminar preparation (including weekly contributions to discussion board)
70 hours essay preparation
42 hours additional reseach, reading and thinking around the subject.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Participation in discussion board
Participation in seminar discussion
Feedback on draft essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentDiscussion Board Contributions40.00
Essay1 x essay of 2,500 words60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 06/08/2015


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