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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHIL2232 History of Modern Philosophy: Locke and Berkeley

20 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Victor Dura-Vila

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Either PHIL 1120, OR PHIL 1333 & PHIL 1444.

Module replaces

PHIL2212 - History of Modern Philosophy: Leibniz & Hume

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
- knowledge and understanding of some central texts and ideas in the history of modern philosophy before, and leading up to, the work of Kant;
- the ability to read and respond to philosophical writing from a different era;
- the ability to combine historical sensitivity and critical analysis in the study of the history of philosophy.


The History of Modern Philosophy module this year will focus on an in-depth study of works by 2 classic authors of the pre-Kantian Modern period; namely John Locke and George Berkeley. Decisions with regard to the precise content of the syllabus will be made with a view to providing breadth of coverage and preparation for later study in the History of Philosophy stream.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours181.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading and tutorial preparation: 106 hours
Preparing and writing assessed essay: 75 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Tutorial performance;
- 1000-word essay plan

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 word essay (end of module)100.00
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: 15/07/2021 10:50:53


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