We offer Philosophy at undergraduate level as part of a BA (Joint-Honours) degree. Visit NUI Galway's Courses Page for information on how to apply, entry requirements and assessment.

 

Current Students

First Year

Current Students

First Year

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Handbook 1st Arts Philosophy Sept 2020

First Year Modules 2020/2021

  • Introduction to Practical Ethics
  • Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing
  • Philosophical Questions & Issues
  • Introduction to the History of Philosophy

 

Timetables:

1st Arts Semester One 2020/2021

Lectures (online):

Online recorded lectures for each module posted on Blackboard, plus live interactive Q&A online sessions as follows:

 

Time

Title

Code

Lecturer

Monday

5-6

Introduction to Practical Ethics

PI108

Dr. R. Hull

 

 

 

 

Friday

2-3

Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing

PISK1101

Dr. N. Tosh

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

2-3

Philosophical Question & Issues

PI120

Dr. L. Elvis

 

Tutorials (online):

In addition, students will have two weekly hours of online tutorials, one for Practical Ethics (PI108), the other for Philosophy Skills (PISK1101 and PI120). These consist in completing a structured programme of tasks in break-out groups and larger tutorial groups. There will be four weekly slots to choose from for PI108 tutorials, and six weekly slots to choose from for Philosophy Skills.

 

Practical Ethics tutorials: Slots on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday (to be confirmed)

Skills tutorials: Slots on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (to be confirmed)

Sign-up for tutorial groups will be on Blackboard.

 

Group advisory sessions (face-to-face or online)

Each first year student will be assigned to a small group that will meet a staff member three times during the semester. In addition to the first year coordinator, this staff member will be their first point of contact with the department for the year. You can choose whether you prefer face-to-face or online meetings. We encourage students from the small groups to continue interaction within their groups throughout the semester and suggest a voluntary self-guided programme of shared activities for the groups.

 

Overall workload:

  • 5 weekly live online sessions (3 Q&A sessions, 2 tutorials) plus recorded lectures for General BA (20 ECTS/first year)
  • 4 weekly live online sessions (2 Q&A sessions, 2 tutorials) plus recorded lectures for Connect Programmes (15 ECTS/first year)
  • 3 group advisory sessions (face-to-face) per semester

 

Advisory slots:

  • Thursday 10-11 (4 groups)
  • Thursday 5-6 (4 groups)
  • Friday 1-2 (4 groups)
  • Further slots TBA (including online options) 

Philosophy Discipline

1st Arts Semester Two 2020/2021 

 

Time

Title

Code

Venue

Lecturer

Monday 5-6

Introduction to the History of Philosophy

PI107

TBA

Dr. O. Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 4-5

Introduction to the History of Philosophy

PI107

TBA

 Dr. O. Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 2-3

Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing

PISK1101

TBA

Dr. N. Tosh

Thursday 9-10

Philosophical Questions & Issues

PI120

TBA

Dr. N. Tosh & Prof. F. O Murchadha

 

The approach to teaching taken in this semester will be subject to review, pending Public Health advice. As a default we are currently planning on continuing the delivery as in semester 1.

 

Staff Representative for First Years:   

Dr. Richard Hull for Semester One: richard.hull@nuigalway.ie
Dr. Gerald Cipriani for Semester Two: gerald.cipriani@nuigalway.ie

Student Representatives for First Years:   TBA

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Dates of Semesters (provisional)

   Semester One:            Orientation:   21st September 2020 – 25th September 2020

                                        Teaching:      28th September 2020 – 18th December 2020

   Semester Two:             Teaching:      8th February 2021 – 2nd April 2021

                                        Field Trips:    6th April 2021 – 9th April 2021

                                        Teaching:      12th April 2021 – 7th May 2021

                                        Semester 2 Exams: 18th May 2021 – 4th June 2021

 

Blackboard

Familiarity with Blackboard is essential, more than ever this academic year. All recorded lectures will be posted on Blackboard and all live on-line teaching sessions will be accessed via Blackboard. Course pages on Blackboard will also contain all notes, PowerPoint slides, further reading and communications from lecturers. In addition, sign-up for tutorials and group advisory sessions will take place on this platform. So, learning how to use Blackboard as a new student will be vital to our successful delivery of a meaningful interactive learning experience.

Please click on the link below to become more familiar with our Virtual Learning Environment:

http://www.nuigalway.ie/information-solutions-services/services-for-students/blackboard/students/

 Compulsory/ Optional Courses:

All courses are compulsory for B.A. students (Joint Honours).     B.A. Connect students do not have to take PI120 Philosophical Questions and Issues.

Schedule of Courses:

Compulsory

Code

Course

Semester

ECTS

Examination

PI108

Introduction to Practical Ethics

1

5

Essay.

PI107

Introduction to History of Philosophy

2

5

Exam.

PISK1101

Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing

1 & 2

5

Exam & take-home assignment.

PI120

Philosophical Questions and Issues

1 & 2

5

Essay/Essay

 

 

Individual Course Details:

Introduction to Practical Ethics 

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI108

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. R. Hull

Course description: This course (Practical Ethics) provides a rigorous examination of a wide range of contemporary ethical issues. Students will learn about the ethical theories that tend to inform our practical decision making. Those theories will then be applied to a number of contemporary issues. These may include genetic selection, pre-natal testing, assisted death, social inequality and world poverty. Readings will be recommended for each topic via Blackboard.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by written essay at the end of the first semester.

Core texts:

Mizzoni, J. Ethics: the basics, Blackwell 2010.

La Follette, H, ed., Ethics in Practice: An Anthology, Wiley-Blackwell, 2006.

Singer, P. Practical Ethics, Cambridge University Press, 2011.  

Wolff, J. An introduction to moral philosophy, Norton, 2018.

 

Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing 

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PISK1101

1 & 2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer:  Dr. N. Tosh

Course description: Successful humanities students are sophisticated consumers and producers of arguments.   In this key skills module students will learn to distinguish arguments from other forms of persuasion; to map the argumentative structure of a complex text; to spot fallacious patterns of reasoning; and to plan and compose a strong argumentative essay.    Since these skills are not topic-specific, illustrations will be drawn from a range of academic disciplines.  No knowledge of philosophy will be assumed.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination:  Overall assessment is by an exam at the end of the first semester and a take-home assignment in semester two.

Core texts:         

The course is self-contained and there is no set text. However, for extension reading students may wish to consult the following:

Fisher, A. (2011). Critical Thinking: An Introduction.
Bowell, T. and Kemp, G. (2010). Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide.

Philosophical Questions & Issues 

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI120

1 & 2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturers:    Dr L. Elvis (Semester One)
                    Dr. N. Tosh & Prof. F. O Murchadha (Semester Two)         

Course description: This course aims to introduce students to a diversity of philosophical approaches to the problem of meaning and value. Issues covered will include some of the following: justice, poverty, love, death, totalitarianism, genetics and human life, human rights, free will, violence and the meaning of life.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials. It is team taught by different lecturers each year. More specific readings will be advised at the beginning of each semester.

Methods of assessment and examination:  Overall assessment is by an essay at the end of the first semester and an essay at the end of the second semester. Mid-term assignment may be required.

Selected texts: 

Law, S., The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Various editions
Bretall, R. (ed.), A Kierkegaard Anthology
Plato, Symposium, various editions 
De Beauvoir, The Second Sex
Barry, B., Democracy, power and justice
Glover, J., Choosing Children
Singer, P., A Companion to Ethics
Wolff, J., An Introduction to Political Philosophy
John Locke, “Of Identity and Diversity” (II. Xxvii), in Essay on Human Understanding 

Introduction to History of Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI107

2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer:  Dr. O. Richardson

Course description:

The course will introduce students to key thinkers and ideas in the history of western philosophy. Since ancient philosophy is so central to this history, the first half of the course is devoted to some of its most important achievements in the work of the Pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle. Attention is then turned to aspects of medieval philosophy, and the great rationalist and empiricist traditions (represented by Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, and Locke and Hume, respectively). Lectures will also be offered on Kant, Nietzsche, and the analytic and phenomenological traditions

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination:  Overall assessment is by written exam at the end of second semester.   Mid-term assignment may be required.

Core texts:   

Copleston, History of Philosophy, Image Publishing
Guthrie, W. K. C., The Greek Philosophers from Thales to Aristotle, Methuen
Johnston, D., A Brief History of Philosophy, Continuum
Plato, Republic, Penguin
Russell, B., History of Western Philosophy, Routledge
Solomon, R. and Higgins, K., A Short History of Philosophy, Oxford
Stumpf, S. E., and Fieser, J., Socrates to Sartre and Beyond, McGraw Hill

 

 

Second Year

Entry requirements: A pass in First Arts Philosophy or its equivalent in the case of exchange and visiting students

Second Year Handbook 2020/21

Staff Representative for Second Years:   

Dr Nick Tosh, nick.tosh@nuigalway.ie

Student Representatives for Second Year:   TBA

TBA:  Email address: TBA
TBA:  Email address: TBA

Second Year Modules 2020/2021

Semester 1:

  • PI216 History of Modern Philosophy (compulsory)

plus two of the following optional modules:

  • PI2101 Information Ethics
  • PI207 Philosophy of Art
  • PI210 Moral and Political Philosophy

 

Semester 2: three of the following optional modules:

  • PI247 Nietzsche and Philosophy
  • PI2102 Formal Logic
  • PI2100 East Asian Philosophy and Culture
  • PI240 Bioethics
  • [PI2105 Philosophical Inquiry through P4C / PI2009 Philosophy in Irish Schools]

 

Timetables

Compulsory/Optional Courses:

PI216 is compulsory; all other second-year modules are optional. You should take three modules each semester. There may be occasional conflicts with other subjects. Before you register, make sure there are no conflicts with modules that you will be taking in your other subject. This is especially important because for most modules in Semester 1 of this academic year you will only have one interactive hour with the lecturer, rather than the usual two hours. (Many lecturers are providing two parallel interactive groups to ensure sufficient interactive opportunities for each student, using both timeslots.)

Teaching timetable

* PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DELIVERY MODE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE AND OTHER EVOLVING CIRCUMSTANCES*

2nd Arts Semester One 2020/2021

 

Code 

Title 

Lecturer 

Lecture 

Live interactive session 

Live online tutorials 

PI216 

History of Modern Philosophy 

Dr Tsarina Doyle 

Dr Nora Ward 

Recorded online 

Tue 10-11 (online) 

2 online sessions (TBA) 

PI210 

Moral and Political Philosophy 

Dr Orla Richardson 

Recorded online 

Wed 4-5 

Thu 5-6 

(2 online groups) 

 

COVID project 

Tue 11-12* 

IT204  

(face-to-face) 

 

PI2101 

Information Ethics 

Dr Heike Felzmann 

Recorded online 

Wed 1-2 (online) 

 

COVID project 

Tue 11-12* 

IT204  

(face-to-face) 

 

PI207 

Philosophy of Art 

Dr Lucy Elvis 

Recorded online 

Tue 1-2 

(online) 

 

COVID project 

Tue 11-12* 

IT204  

(face-to-face) 

TBA 

(online) 

 

2nd Arts Semester Two 2020/2021

 

 

Time 

Title 

Code 

Venue 

Lecturer 

Clashes 

Monday 9-11 

Nietzsche & Philosophy 

PI247 

IT204 

Dr T. Doyle 

Philosophy & Class Civ 

Monday 6-7 

Formal Logic 

PI2102 

Seminar Room, 19 Distillery Rd 

Dr N. Tosh 

Free 

Friday 1-2 

Formal Logic 

PI2102 

IT207 

Dr N. Tosh 

Philosophy 

Tuesday 10-11 

East Asian Philosophy & Culture 

PI2100 

AM150 

Dr G. Cipriani 

Philosophy 

Wednesday 4-5 

East Asian Philosophy and Culture 

PI2100 

AM150 

Dr G. Cipriani 

Philosophy 

Wednesday 9-10 

Bioethics 

PI240 

IT125g (Ground Floor) 

Dr N. Ward 

Philosophy 

Thursday 5-6 

Bioethics 

PI240 

IT125G (Ground Floor) 

Dr N. Ward 

Philosophy 

Thursday 9-11 

Philosophical Inquiry through P4C   

 

PI2105 

 

 

mAC203 

Dr L. Elvis & Dr O. Richardson 

Psychology & ID  


*The “COVID and Philosophy” project is a voluntary initiative that brings together students from various modules in 2nd and 3rd year, with participating modules allowing students to submit a COVID-related assignment arising from the project as module assessment.

Individual Course Details:

History of Modern Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI216

1

1 (online) + Recorded lectures

5

 

Lecturers: Dr Nora Ward and Dr Tsarina Doyle

Course description: Dr Ward will examine the development of Rationalism from Descartes to Kant. Special attention will be paid to the rationalist attempt to give a systematic account of both human and non-human reality. Dr Doyle will examine the relation between empirical science and metaphysics in the eighteenth-century period of Enlightenment, with particular emphasis on the philosophies of Hume and Kant.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is based on written examination. Written course work (essay) - if required - is added to the evaluation.

Core Texts:
Selected passages from the following text will be considered:
Roger Ariew & Eric Watkins (eds) Modern Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 1998).

 

Moral and Political Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI210

1

1 (online) + Recorded lectures

5

 

Lecturer: Dr Orla Richardson

Course description: This module is an introduction to several important topics and questions in political and moral philosophy, such as: What, if anything, legitimises governmental authority and the exercise of political power? What is justice? What is the nature of citizenship? Is a free market a necessary component of a free society? What principles ground our fundamental notions of property rights, freedom, and equality? To explore these questions, we will begin by reading extracts from the Ancients, primarily Plato and Aristotle. We will then examine the ideas of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean Jacques Rousseau. Finally, we will review texts by nineteenth century authors, like J.S. Mill and Karl Marx. Overall, the aim of this course is to trace the ideas that have shaped our contemporary political systems and to equip us to think critically about what conditions make ‘the good society’ possible. 

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by discussion sessions utilising a community-of-inquiry approach to philosophical reflection.

Methods of assessment and evaluation

  1. Continuous assessment: seven Discussion Questions submitted over the course of the semester. Each worth 4% of your final grade. 
  1. Final paper: submitted at the end of the semester. Worth 72% of your final grade.

Core Texts:
Steven M. Cahn, ed., Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2011) 

 

Information Ethics

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI2101

1

1 (online) + Recorded lectures

5

 

Lecturer: Dr Heike Felzmann

Course description: This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of current and emerging ethical concerns in relation to internet services, social media, big data and robotics, including issues such as privacy, online identity, and human-robot interaction. Philosophical reflection of core concepts will underlie the discussion of emerging concerns in the field. Preparation of weekly readings is an essential requirement for participation.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by essay.

Core Texts:
Readings, primarily consisting of recent academic journal articles, and other supporting materials will be provided for each topic on Blackboard. The following are useful preparatory reading materials, but not required class readings:

Luciano Floridi (Ed) (2010). The Cambridge Handbook of information and Computer Ethics
Patrick Lin, Keith Abney, & George Bekey (Eds.). (2012). Robot ethics: the ethical and social implications of robotics. MIT Press.

Patrick Lin, Keith Abney, & Ryan Jenkins (Eds.). (2017). Robot ethics 2.0: From autonomous cars to artificial intelligence. Oxford University Press

Deborah Lupton (2016). The Quantified Self, Polity Press.

Helen Nissenbaum (2009). Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy and integrity of Social Life, Stanford University Press.

Shannon Vallor (2015). Social Networking and Ethics, https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-social-networking/

Jeroen van den Hoven et al. (2019). Privacy and Information Technology, https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/it-privacy/

Shoshanna Zuboff (2019). The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. Profile Books

 

Philosophy of Art

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI207

1

1 (online) + Recorded lectures

5

 

Lecturer: Dr Lucy Elvis

Course description: This module is an introduction to philosophical approaches to various artforms across Western history of ideas. It gives students the skills to rigorously understand relevant key texts as well as critically discuss them in relation to a range of art practices and artworks. Whether pre-modern, modern, or contemporary, the philosophical approaches considered cover a variety of methods
including from the analytic and interpretive traditions. Similarly, the artforms discussed span a variety of historical periods, movements and categories.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by essay.

Core Texts:
Gracyk, T., The Philosophy of Art, Polity Press
Carroll, N., Philosophy of Art: A Contemporary Introduction, Routledge
Hofstadter, A. and Kuhns, R., Philosophies of Art and Beauty: Selected Readings in Aesthetics from Plato to Heidegger, University of Chicago Press
Bredin, H. and Santoro-Brienza, L., Philosophies of Art and Beauty: Introduction to Aesthetics, Edinburgh University Press

 

Nietzsche and Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI247

2

TBA

5

 

Lecturer: Dr Tsarina Doyle

Course description: This course shall introduce students to some of the central themes informing the philosophical writings of Friedrich Nietzsche. Comprising a close reading of his writings, it offers students an opportunity to explore such concepts as perspectivism, the will to power, nihilism, the death of God, master and slave morality, genealogy, the Ubermensch and eternal recurrence. Nietzsche’s response to traditional philosophical problems of truth and knowledge and his use of the language of falsification and illusion shall also be considered. All students shall be expected to engage in class discussions.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by written essay.

Core Texts:
Ansell Pearson, Keith and Large, Duncan (eds) 2006, The Nietzsche Reader, Blackwell.
Clarke, Maudemarie 1990, Nietzsche on Truth and Philosophy, Cambridge University Press.
Ansell Pearson, Keith, (ed.) 2006, A companion to Nietzsche, Blackwell.
May, Simon 1999, Nietzsche's Ethics and his War on 'Morality', Clarendon Press.
Schacht, Richard 1983, Nietzsche, Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Solomon, Robert C., and Higgins, Kathleen M. 1988, Reading Nietzsche, Oxford University Press.

 

Formal Logic

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI2102

2

TBA

5

 

Lecturer: Dr Nick Tosh

Course description: Formal logic is the systematic study of deductive reasoning. It is motivated by such questions as ‘what does it mean to say that a piece of reasoning is “correct”?’, ‘how can we tell when a piece of reasoning is correct?’, and ‘could we program a machine to do the job for us?’ The course begins with the concept of validity, and then moves on to cover sentence logic, truth tables, natural deduction, and elementary predicate logic. Throughout, we lean heavily on Paul Teller’s Logic Primer, now freely available online (https://tellerprimer.ucdavis.edu/). No previous knowledge is assumed, but good study habits are essential. Readings and practice exercises will be set each week, and students who fall behind may find it difficult to catch up.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by written exam, supplemented by some short in-class written tests.

Core Texts:
Paul Teller, A Modern Formal Logic Primerhttps://tellerprimer.ucdavis.edu/

 

East Asian Philosophy and Culture

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI2100

2

TBA

5

 

Lecturer: Dr G Cipriani

Course description: This module introduces the students to East Asian philosophy in relation to culture, mainly Chinese and Japanese. The lectures are designed to make students aware of the basics of fundamental philosophical and cultural traditions such as Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Shinto.

 

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by written essay.

Core Texts:
Koller, J.M. & P. 1991, A Sourcebook in Asian Philosophy
Bresnan, P.S. 2007, Awakening : An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought
Koller, J.M. 2007, Asian Philosophies
Fung, Y.-L. 1997, A Short History of Chinese Philosophy
Izutsu Toshihiko (1982), Toward a Philosophy of Zen Buddhism
Heisig, J.W. and Kasulis, T.P. (2011), Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook

 

Bioethics

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI240

2

TBA

5

 

Lecturer: Dr Nora Ward

Course description: This seminar is concerned with contemporary issues in Bioethics. It will introduce a variety of normative ethical theories to provide a foundation for the critical analysis of a range of issues arising from the biological and medical sciences. These are likely to include abortion, euthanasia/physician assisted suicide, disability, genetic modification and resource allocation. It is intended that students will gain knowledge of moral philosophy that equips them to evaluate some of the most pressing dilemmas facing biomedical practice.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by essay.

Core Texts:
Beauchamp, T., & Childress, J., Principles of Biomedical Ethics, OUP, 1994.
Singer, P. (Ed), A Companion to Ethics, Blackwell, 1993.

 

Philosophical Inquiry through P4C

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI2105

2

TBA

5

 

Lecturers: Dr L. Elvis and Dr O. Richardson

Course description: This is a peer-assisted learning module. It focuses on an educational approach to learning called Philosophy for Children (P4C). P4C is a form of inquiry-based learning that encourages critical thinking through democratic dialogue. It is a pedagogy that helps to foster critical, creative, and caring thinking skills amongst all types of learners. Through this internationally practised pedagogy, groups of learners become ‘communities of inquiry’, tackling philosophical questions they themselves identify and formulate. Through thinking together, these communities learn to challenge assumptions, give reasons, and cultivate their critical thinking skills. The module will provide students with a theoretical introduction to the P4C pedagogy, the opportunity to experience the pedagogy as members of a community of inquiry, and the skills needed to become a P4C facilitator. Students will develop their own facilitation practice by delivering P4C workshops (in teams) to groups of NUIG first-year philosophy students on campus at NUIG. 

Prerequisites:

  • This module is capped at 21 students. If you would like to be considered for a place you must complete an expression of interest form. The EOI must be completed and submitted by 5pm on Monday 15/02/21. The form is available here.
  • In week 3 of the semester, there will be a weekend training event. Attendance at this training event is compulsory for any student registered for PI2105. 
  • Garda vetting must be completed by any student participating in this module. Students will receive vetting information in week 2 of the semester. 

Teaching and learning methods: This course is taught through a mixture of lectures and seminar-based learning.

Methods of assessment

1) Satisfactory participation in all classes - including assigned facilitation of P4C workshops - is required.

2) Students are required to submit a detailed “theory-to-practice” journal.   In this journal, students will engage in theoretical reflection on the P4C pedagogy in response to short readings and will assess the impact of that reflection on their classroom practices. 

3) Book module and associated lesson plan.

Core Texts: You are not required to purchase a textbook. All extracts from primary texts will be available on Blackboard. However, there is a list of suggested preparatory core readings below:

Gregory, Maughn, Joanna Haynes, and Karin Murris. The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Gregory, Laverty, Gregory, Maughn, and Laverty, Megan. In Community of Inquiry with Ann Margaret Sharp: Childhood, Philosophy and Education. Routledge International Studies in the Philosophy of Education, 2018.

Lipman, Matthew. Thinking in Education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Lipman, Matthew, Ann Margaret Sharp, and Frederick S. Oscanyan. Philosophy in the Classroom. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, [Pa.]: Temple University Press, 1980

Lyons, A., McIlrath, L. & Munck, R. Higher Education and Civic Engagement: Comparative Perspectives. UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.

Naji, Rosnani Hashim, and Naji, Saeed. History, Theory and Practice of Philosophy for Children: International Perspectives. Routledge Research in Education. 2017. 

Final Year

 Third Year

Entry requirements: A pass in Second Arts Philosophy or its equivalent in the case of visiting and exchange students. Students registered for the B.A. (International) must also have attained a satisfactory academic performance during their year abroad.

For further details see: Final Year Handbook 2020/21

Please make sure you are familiar with our policies on Essay deadlines and penalties.

Semester dates 

Semester One:  

Teaching:                28th September 2020 – 18th December 2020 

Semester 1 Exams: 11th-22nd January 2020

Semester Two:   

Teaching:                8th February 2021 – 2nd April 2021 

Teaching:                12th April 2021 – 7th May 2021 

Semester 2 Exams: 18th May 2021 – 4th June 2021 

Third Year Modules 2020/2021

All third-year courses are optional. You should pick three modules each semester. Familiarity with Blackboard is essential for your learning this year: https://www.nuigalway.ie/information-solutions-services/services-for-students/blackboard/

Semester 1:

  • PI3100 Kant’s Theoretical Philosophy
  • PI246 American Pragmatism
  • PI335 Moral Theory
  • PI315 Philosophy of Mind
  • PI310 Topics in Applied Philosophy
  • PI3104 Philosophy and Culture in Context (with placement)

Semester 2:

  • PI399 Extended Essay
  • PI3102 Contemporary East Asian Philosophies
  • PI3103 Environmental Ethics
  • PI241 History of Irish Thought
  • PI129 Advanced Philosophical Text (Advanced Logic)
  • PI331 Readings in Metaphysics

Timetables

* DELIVERY MODE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE AND OTHER EVOLVING CIRCUMSTANCES*

Code

Title

Lecturer

Lecture

Live interactive session

Live online tutorials

PI3100

Kant’s Theoretical Philosophy

Dr Tsarina Doyle

Online recorded

 

Mon 10-11

PI246

American Pragmatism

Dr Tsarina Doyle

Online recorded

 

Tue 11-12 or Tue 12-1

(2 groups)

PI335

Moral Theory

Dr Heike Felzmann

Online recorded

Thu 10-11 (online)

 

COVID project

 Tue 11-12*

IT204

 (face to face)

Wed 3-4

PI315

Philosophy of Mind

Dr John O’Reilly

Online recorded

 

Tue 2-3 or Wed 11-12

(2 groups)

PI310

Topics in Applied Philosophy

Dr Richard Hull

Online recorded

COVID project

Tue 11-12*

IT204

(face to face)

Monday 2-3

Online

PI3104

Philosophy and Culture in Context

Dr Lucy Elvis

Online recorded

2 weeks placement  TULCA festival

(face to face)

 

 

COVID project

Tue 11-12*

IT204

(face-to-face)

Wed 4-5 AC215 or

Thu 3-4

AC214

(face-to-face) (2 groups)

 

 

3rd Arts Semester Two 2020/2021

Time

Title

Code

Venue

Lecturer

Clashes

Monday 12-1

Extended Essay

PI399

Seminar Room, 19 Distillery Road.

 

COVID project (venue TBA)

Dr H. Felzmann

Archaeology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 11-12

Contemporary East Asian Philosophies

PI3102

IT202

Dr. G. Cipriani

Philosophy

Tuesday 12-1

Contemporary East Asian Philosophies

PI3102

IT202

Dr. G. Cipriani

Archaeology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 10-11

Environmental Ethics

PI3103

AC201

 

COVID project (venue TBA)

Dr. N. Ward

Philosophy

Wednesday 11-12

Environmental Ethics

PI3103

McMunn

Dr. N. Ward

Philosophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 3-4

History of Irish Thought

PI241

AC213

Dr. J. O’Reilly

Philosophy

Tuesday 2-3

History of Irish Thought

PI241

AC214

Dr. J. O’Reilly

Philosophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 1-2

Advanced Philosophical Text

PI129

AC214 Arts/Science Geography

Dr. N. Tosh

History

Thursday 1-2

Advanced Philosophical Text

PI129

AC202 Concourse

Dr. N. Tosh

History

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 3-5

Readings in Metaphysics

PI331

TBA

Prof F. O Murchadha

Soc & Pol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Representative for Third Years:   

Dr. Heike Felzmann heike.felzmann@nuigalway.ie

Student Representatives for Third/Final Years:   TBA

TBA:  Email address: TBA
TBA:  Email address: TBA


Individual Course Details

Semester 1

Kant’s Theoretical Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI3100

1

1 (online) + Recorded lectures

5

 

Lecturer:  Dr. Tsarina Doyle

Course description: This module examines Kant's theoretical philosophy by focussing on his arguments for transcendental idealism in the Critique of Pure Reason. Particular attention will be paid to Kant's ambitious aim to establish the objectivity of Newtonian science whilst leaving room for the possibility of God, freedom and immortality by focussing on his arguments for the transcendental ideality of space and time, his argument for the transcendental deduction of the categories, his distinction between phenomena and noumena, the argument of the Analogies and Antinomies.

American Pragmatism

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI246

1

1 (online) + recorded lectures

5

Lecturer: Dr. Tsarina Doyle

Course description: This course shall examine central themes at the heart of American pragmatism. We begin by addressing the historical and scientific background informing the emergence of the pragmatist movement in nineteenth-century America. Taking the pragmatist denial of absolute beliefs as our guiding theme, the course explores the pragmatist writings of William James in the nineteenth-century and Richard Rorty in the twentieth-century. In particular, we focus on James's rejection of philosophical oppositions. Finally, we shall turn to the neo-pragmatism of Rorty's Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature paying particular attention to both his critique of the representational view of the mind and his recommendation of social pragmatism.

Moral Theory 

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI335

1

1 (online) + recorded lectures

Optional: COVID & Philosophy project meetings (f2f & online)

5

Lecturer:  Dr. Heike Felzmann

Course description: This course will introduce students to important positions and concepts in contemporary moral theory. It covers the traditional theories of consequentialism, deontology and virtue theory, as well as contemporary theories, such as the principle-based approach to bioethics, care ethics and narrative ethics.  It will also explore amoralism and relativism and engage with the concepts of responsibility, conscience and moral luck. Preparation of weekly readings and willingness to participate constructively in class discussion are essential requirements.

Philosophy of Mind

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI315

1

1 (online) + recorded lectures

5

 

Lecturers:  Dr John O’Reilly

Course description: This course will consist in the analysis and discussion of a selection of the following topics:  the dualistic conception of the person; the critique of dualism; behaviourism as a philosophy of mind; the mind-brain identity theory; eliminative materialism; Searle's biological naturalism; the 'mental science' project; functionalism; artificial intelligence.

 

Topics in Applied Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI310

1

1 (online) + recorded lectures

Optional: COVID & Philosophy project meetings (f2f & online)

5

 

Lecturers:  Dr Richard Hull

Course description: This course applies the study of philosophy to issues of public concern. It takes the experiences of disability and social deprivation as case studies and looks at how such experiences can be theoretically articulated. Particular attention is given to rival theories of human freedom and their relevance to contemporary social and political debates. Attention is focused on how different theories of justice and morality imply different social responses to the issues of disability and deprivation. Subjects covered include Rawls’ theory of freedom, Nozick's libertarianism, the acts/omissions distinction and the doctrine of double effect. 

Philosophy and Culture in Context

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI3104

1

1 (face-to-face) + recorded lectures + placement with TULCA Festival of Visual Arts (face-to-face, mandatory)

Optional: COVID & Philosophy project meetings (f2f & online)

5

 

Lecturers:  Dr Lucy Elvis

Course description: This module explores philosophical approaches to the production and consumption of art and culture in contemporary society. Beginning with the question ‘What is culture?’ it progresses to exploring the effect of technology on cultural production, the role of institutions in shaping culture and the divisions between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture. From a focus on Bildung as cultivation (Kant, Herder, Humbolt), this course then explores contributions from a range of thinkers form the Frankfurt school (Benjamin, Adorno, Horkheimer and Marcuse) to problematise the role of culture in shaping society. As part of this module, students will undertake a short placement at TULCA Festival of Visual Art. 

 

Semester 2:

Extended Essay

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI399

2

5 online meetings + 3 supervisory meetings

Optional: COVID & Philosophy project meetings (f2f & online)

5

 

Lecturers:  Dr Heike Felzmann

Course description: The extended essay is an independent piece of research, intended to allow you to demonstrate the full range of your understanding of a topic of your choice. You are expected to identify a clearly defined and specific research question, demonstrate high standards in literature research and present a well-supported and specific argument. You are required to discuss the choice of essay topic with a lecturer before the beginning of Semester 2 and obtain their agreement to be your supervisor. Work for this module consists in independent research, group and supervisory meetings.

Contemporary East Asian Philosophies

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI3102

2

TBA

5

 

Lecturers:  Dr Gerald Cipriani

Course description: This module introduces students to modern and current East Asian philosophies. It provides an overview of the transformations of Chinese philosophy from the beginning of the 20th century to contemporary China, focusing on the ways philosophical traditions came under the influence of Western philosophy and were affected by socio-political events. Then it considers the development of Japanese modern philosophy from the end of the 19th century to present times, spanning the Kyoto School, modern ethics and contemporary philosophy of culture. The module requires basic familiarity with pre-modern East Asian philosophies.

Environmental Ethics

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI3103

2

TBA

Optional: COVID & Philosophy project meetings (f2f & online)

5

 

Lecturers:  Dr Nora Ward

Course description: This class will focus on the ethical, ecological and social dimensions of environmental issues. We begin with an exploration of the perception of nature in Western thought, through a review of texts that shaped the field of environmental ethics. We will explore the relationship between human and non-human nature, addressing questions such as "Does non-human nature matter for its own sake, or simply for the sake of fulfilling human interests? What about the value of holistic entities such as ecosystems? What is intrinsic value anyway, and how does it differ from instrumental value?" We will then focus on the philosophical implications of international environmental issues such as climate change, indigenous rights, ecofeminism, environment justice and eco-terrorism.

History of Irish Thought

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI241

2

TBA

5

Lecturers:  Dr John O’Reilly

Course description: This course (History of Irish Thought) covers the history of Irish thought from the seventh century to the twentieth century, focusing on a selection of the following individual thinkers: John Scottus Eriugena, Robert Boyle, John Toland, George Berkeley, Francis Hutcheson, Edmund Burke on Revolution, Philip Pettit on Republicanism.

Advanced Philosophical Text

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI129

2

TBA

5

 

Lecturers:  Dr Nick Tosh

Course description: This module allows students to read a philosophical text in much greater detail than is allowed by an ordinary survey course. For this Academic Year (2020/2021) PI129 is a formal logic course. The 'Advanced Philosophical Text' is Paul Teller's Modern Formal Logic Primer. The course focuses on chapters 8 and 9 of Volume 1, and chapters 1-3 and 7-9 of Volume 2.

 

Prerequisites: You need to have passed PI2102 Formal Logic or have experience with formal logic.

Readings in Metaphysics

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI331

2

TBA (starting March)

5

 

Lecturers:  Prof. Felix O’Murchadha

Course description: TBA