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    A supervised research essay.

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    Paper title Research Essay
    Subject Philosophy
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the research essay, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate familiarity with a range of current positions on their topic
    • Critically evaluate these positions
    • Offer a well-developed oral argument for their own position
    • Write clear, effective and detailed argument
    • Demonstrate competence in technical skills related to their topic, which may include formal logic, textual interpretation, bibliographical, archival and foreign-language skills
    • Demonstrate mastery of relevant literature, which will include works of philosophy. For interdisciplinary project students, the literature will include work in other fields as well, such as political science, economics, physics, biology, religion or history


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