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180088 SE Central texts and topics in practical philosophy (2019W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 09.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 16.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 23.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 30.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 06.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 13.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 20.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 27.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 04.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 11.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 08.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 15.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 22.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 29.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar is as fast-track introduction for Masters students with no or only little background in practical philosophy. The aim of the seminar is to introduce you to the major sub-disciplines of practical philosophy, such as
- applied ethics,
- moral theory,
- applied political theory,
- political theory,
- metaethics,
- social ontology,
- feminist and other critical approaches, e.g. postcolonial or race theory.

At the end of the seminar, you will be able to
- explain which topics and questions the sub-disciplines of practical philosophy are about,
- locate new questions within these sub-disciplines,
- focus their investigations on the most sub-discipline most suitable for their questions, and set aside related questions from other sub-disciplines,
- independently find further study material related to each sub-discipline as the need arises.

The seminar is designed specifically for the MA in Philosophy and Economics, but is open to other MA students who find that they need additional foundations in practical philosophy. The seminar is not intended for students who have completed substantial study in several of the above sub-disciplines - it is an MA-level foundational seminar, not a seminar that builds on existing foundations. Due to the role of the seminar in the MA Philosophy and Economics, exemplary topics focus on economics, where possible.

The seminar is taught and assessed in English, and will feature extensive small group discussions. In preparation of each seminar, you will read the assigned core text and complete some short preparatory reading tasks and other research exercises on Moodle.

Assessment and permitted materials

The seminar is assessed through two written assignments and the weekly preparation tasks:

1) An essay outline of 300-400 words (including bibliography), in which you propose an essay topic and structured outline on any topic from the seminar. Weight: 20%. Deadline: December 1, 2019, 23:59.
2) An essay of 1500-1700 words (including bibliography), on any topic from the seminar. The essay may, but need not, follow the essay outline or tackle the outline topic. Weight: 60%. Deadline: January 26, 2020, 23:59.
3) Weekly tasks. These are marked for completeness, not for correctness: what matters here is that you have seriously thought about the tasks and prepared the seminar. The mark is the average of all marks, but you must have completed the tasks for at least 60% of the seminars to achieve a pass (4) grade. Weight: 20% Deadline: Each teaching week 3pm on the day before the seminar.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A positive evaluation requires students to achieve a pass grade (4) in all three assessment components, and to actively attend the seminar. Two unauthorized absences will be excused. A pass grade in the weekly tasks requires a pass average and that the tasks have been completed on time for at least 60% of the seminars.

Examination topics

Students can write their essay outline and essay on any topics linked to the seminar themes and texts. Students are encouraged to develop their own research topics, and to consult with the lecturer on their writing plans.

Reading list

The reading list is posted on Moodle, and contains selected historical and contemporary texts in practical philosophy.

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