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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHIL3424 Advanced Topics in Knowledge, Mind and Action

20 creditsClass Size: 82

Module manager: Dr Victor Dura-Vila

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 40 credits of PHIL modules at Level 2


PHIL2402Topics in Epistemology: T&E
PHIL2422Topics in Epistemology: K&J

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. display in oral and written form knowledge and understanding of some central theories, disagreements, problems, and arguments of several module subtopics;
2. read and analyse complex texts and be sensitive to issues of interpretation;
3. use a variety of philosophical techniques (example, description, argument) in written communications;
4. engage in philosophical theorizing, analysis, and evaluation.

In addition, they should:
5. have some first-hand experience of the writings of some major philosophers on this module topic;
6. be aware of the frontiers of current debate and research on the module topic.


The general aim of this module is to build on the basic grounding provided by level 2 modules to develop and in-depth understanding of some crucial issues of contemporary importance in the philosophy of knowledge, mind and action. Since the student will already have had a broard introduction to the philosophy of mind and knowledge in either Phil 2402:Introduction to Epistemology: Theory and Evidence or Phil 2422: Introduction to Epistemology: Knowledge and Justification, in this module we will choose a small number of very central topics of current work in the philosophy of knowledge, mind and action, and investigate them thoroughly. The topics vary from year to year but are chosed by the instructor from the short list: (Knowledge of Self and Others; Philosophy of Action; Philosophy of Perception; Advanced Epistemology); or a topic is chosen that covers more than one of those categories.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Lecture preparation: 60 (12 lectures * 5 hours each)
Tutorial preparation: 40 (8 tutorials * 5 hours each)
Essay 1 preparation: 40 hours
Essay 2 preparation: 40 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A 2,000-word assessed essay will be due roughly midway through the semester. Several essay topics will be given out and the student will write on one of the topics.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words due midway through the semester50.00
Essay2,000 words due at the end of the semester50.00
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: 20/07/2017


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