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PHIL480 Research Essay

A supervised research essay.

Paper title Research Essay
Paper code PHIL480
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 2 (On campus)
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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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Semester 1

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Semester 2

Teaching method
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