Course Overview

The relation between values and knowledge is a central concern for any society. At present, it is widely assumed that the pursuit of knowledge is valuable only to the degree that it has measurable practical benefits as an outcome. Our MA programme offers a context for detailed consideration of this assumption. We identify and question the issues involved in it at deeper levels of analysis than are available through ordinary discussion.

This high level of critical scrutiny is made possible through the programme’s broad philosophical perspective - engaging with questions arising in other disciplines also. More specifically, our programme provides an in-depth study of different forms of values in terms of both their cognitive basis and their relation to other areas of knowledge and activity. We also consider the way in which knowledge has been defined and theorized since the Enlightenment. The programme combines historical perspectives and contemporary critical debates so as to provide a fund of analytic and argumentative skills that are advantageous for further work in philosophy or for competing in the job market.

 Programme aims

  • To initiate students into historical and contemporary debates concerning the cognitive basis of values (especially moral and aesthetic ones), and the status of different forms of knowledge .
  • To give this initiation a broad scope—embracing personality, gender, political concepts, knowledge in a historical context, and the emotions as such, as well as moral and aesthetic values.
  • To explore how the cognitive significance of values may be implicated in the conditions of our knowledge of self and world, and in the grounds on which beliefs are held, and justified.
  • To ensure that students are initiated into different methods of philosophical investigation that cross the usual divide between ‘Analytic’ and ‘Continental’ philosophy.
  • To open possible overlaps with work done in other disciplines.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a grade of an overall Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (H2:2) or higher with a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (H2:1) in Philosophy in their first degree. Applications are welcome from students whose primary degree was in Philosophy or a cognate subject.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

12

Closing Date

Please view offer rounds website

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYA06 full-time
GYA66 part-time

Course Outline

Full-time

The full-time programme is completed over one academic year.  Students must take modules and complete a minor dissertation to the value of 90 ECTS in total.   Module on offer vary from year to year.

The modules for 2017-2018 are as follows:

Semester 1  
Please note that you must take PI504.1 or PI504.11 plus the other mandatory modules  
Modules  ECTS
PI6104    Research Methods (Mandatory)  10
PI6102    Political Values in the Modern World 10 
PI6105    Moral Reasoning 10
PI6101   The Philosophy of Emotion 10 
PI504.1   Participation and Management (Mandatory) 10 

 

Semester 2  
Modules ECTS
PI6104   Research Methods (Mandatory)  10
PI504.11 Participation and Management (Mandatory)  10
PI6106   Dissertation (Mandatory)  30
PI6107   Cultural Philosophy of Globalisation  10
PI6108   Environmental Aesthetics  10
PI6103   Knowledge and Value in Modernity  10

 Part-time

  • Students must take modules and complete a minor dissertation to the value of 90 ECTS in total over two years
  • Students must attain 30 ECTS in year 1 to progress to year 2
  • Students must attain 60 ECTS in year 2.
Course Structure for part-time Students ECTS         
YEAR 1  
3 optional modules from the list below:  
Semester 1:  
PI6102   Political Values in the Modern World 10
PI6105   Moral Reasoning 10
PI6101   The Philosophy of Emotion 10 
   
Semester 2:  
PI6103   Knowledge and Value in Modernity 10
PI6107   Cultural Philosophy of Globalisation 10
PI6108   Environmental Aesthetics 10 
   
YEAR 2  
Semester 1  
Please note that you must take PI504.1 or PI504.11 plus the other mandatory modules  
The core modules must be taken plus one optional module from below. Some modules might not be running this year.   
PI6104   Research Methods (Mandatory)  10
PI6105   Moral Reasoning 10
PI6101   The Philosophy of Emotion 10
PI6102   Political Values in the Modern World 10
PI504.1   Participation and Management (Mandatory) 10
   
Semester 2:  
PI6103   Knowledge and Value in Modernity  10
PI6104   Research Methods (Mandatory)  10
PI504.11 Participation and Management (Mandatory)  10
PI6107   Cultural Philosophy of Globalisation 10
PI6108   Environmental Aesthetics 10
PI6106   Dissertation  30

 
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Mandatory modules

PI6104 Research Methods – Dr. Felix O’Murchadha and Dr.Heike Felzmann

This course will support students in developing advanced research skills in philosophy. Students will develop familiarity and competence with the advanced use of library resources and electronic databases relevant to philosophy research and will be introduced to the use of reference management programmes. They will discuss basic elements of advanced philosophical writing and will be supported throughout the different stages of developing their MA thesis. The module will comprise some on-line discussions via Blackboard.

 PI504.I Philosophy Seminar: Participation and Management - Dr. Tsarina Doyle

This module allows students to do a substantial presentation of their research at discipline level, and to receive training and experience in both chairing seminars and contributing to them. Assessment is based on the presented paper in semester 1 or 2

 PI504.I1 Philosophy Seminar: Participation and Management - Dr. Tsarina Doyle

This module allows students to do a substantial presentation of their research at discipline level, and to receive training and experience in both chairing seminars and contributing to them. Assessment is based on the presented paper in semester 1 or 2.

PI6106 Dissertation

Each student will write a 15,000-word dissertation, based on research into a topic of their choice, and supervised by a member of staff in Philosophy.

Optional Modules

PI6103 Knowledge and Value in Modernity – Dr. Tsarina Doyle

This module will examine the issues of Value and Knowledge in the historical context of Modernity.    Attention will be given to such issues as the character of human subjectivity, the relation between mind and world, objectivity, the status of natural science and human values, and the character of modern culture.   A range of modern philosophers will be discussed, including Hume, Kant and Nietzsche.    Attention will also be given to the intersections between modern and contemporary arguments.

PI6101 The Philosophy of Emotion – Dr. Felix O’Murchadha

This course will explore emotion and feeling from a phenomenological perspective. Taking account of classical phenomenological texts and contemporary debates, this course will consist in a discussion of the nature of emotion, an analysis of specific emotions and finally an exploration of some broader themes with respect to emotion, specifically with respect to the constitution of the self and the nature personhood.

PI6107 Cultural Philosophy of Globalization – Dr. Gerald Cipriani.

This module aims to provide students with an insightful understanding and critical grasp of ethical and aesthetic issues related to the phenomenon of globalization. Those include the impact globalization has had on identity formation, whether that of persons, cultures, or communities. The module will also consider the degree to which technology affects ethical and aesthetic values within the context of globalization. 

PI6102 Political Values in the Modern World – Dr Richard Hull

This course will look at the ways in which political values interact with the modern world.   It will begin with an introduction to central political and ethical theories along with exploration of key distinctions that tend to be relied upon, whether implicitly or explicitly.   It will then focus on current issues in political theory, concentrating on themes such as justice, equality, freedom, toleration and genetics.  It will look at how these themes are contested in modern diverse democracies.

PI6108 Environmental Aesthetics – Dr Gerald Cipriani

This module aims to provide students with an insightful understanding and critical grasp of environmental issues in relation to aesthetic values. The module will draw from a variety of philosophical and cultural traditions East-West to explore aesthetic conceptions of nature or the environment at large. Those include beauty, the sublime, the picturesque, the wilderness, the environment and the idea of milieu.

PI6105 Moral Reasoning – Dr. Heike Felzmann

Moral reasoning is conceptualised in fundamentally different ways, from being rational and principle-driven, to being based on intuition or affective processes, to being grounded in shared social practices.  In this course students will explore different approaches to moral reasoning in relation to both historical and contemporary authors, and address the relation between philosophical analysis and psychological and neuroscientific findings.

Modules for Full Time Course

Modules for Part Time Course

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates with this qualification will be eligible for doctoral research and careers in the public and social services, NGOs and journalism.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,200 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€5,976 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2018/19

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Dr Tsarina Doyle
T: +353 91 495 473
E: tsarina.doyle@nuigalway.ie 


What Our Students Say

Meghan

Meghan Hind |    

'I wanted an MA programme that combined flexibility with structure. I chose the MA in Values and Knowledge programme at NUI, Galway for the breadth of perspectives and topics offered in modules, its focus on research and presentation skills, and its philosophically rigorous questioning of the very concepts and structures that inform, surround, and even create our experiences of life. Not only has this MA programme met and exceeded my initial expectations, the sense of community among faculty and students, the participatory and engaging teaching styles of the professors, and the attention paid to the interests and needs of every individual student have made the programme a truly enriching and engaging experience. I wholeheartedly recommend it.' (Meghan Hind, US Mitchell Scholar on the MA in Philosophy (Values and Knowledge) programme)
Sean

Sean Comer |    

I chose to study philosophy at NUI, Galway after considerable time and research. I wanted a university that focused as much on my educational and career path as I do. There is no question, the quality of the university and the appeal of the city were also factors. Galway, recently voted the best overall micro city in Europe by the Financial Times, is a student friendly, vibrant and lively city. I feel that the MA is unique in the way it encourages the student to examine and question contemporary philosophical concepts of values and knowledge. The range of optional modules allowed me to focus on subjects I had a direct interest in, while the core modules encourage you to develop skills in research and philosophical writing. The Philosophy Seminar: Participation and Management module in particular, gives an opportunity to research, write and present a paper to the philosophy department. This peer review process is invaluable in developing presentation expertise, which is vital for further academic study and useful in the world of work. I am delighted I chose to study Philosophy at NUI, Galway.