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Philosophy: An introduction

Course aims

To learn how different Western philosophers over the centuries have tried to answer some unanswerable questions such as who am I, what should I do and does God exist.

Course length

6 weeks (12 hours)

Who is this course for?

Anybody who has an interest in Philosophy in general.

Course content

  • What is Philosophy?
  • What am I?
  • What are thoughts?
  • The problem of other minds
  • What should I do?
  • Relativism versus Absolutism
  • Morality without God
  • Does God exist?
  • God’s attributes
  • The problem of evil
  • Arguments for the existence of God

Will I gain any qualifications?

This course has no formal qualification; however, your work in class will be assessed by your tutor in order to enhance your learning. You will be expected to take these assessments.

How will I learn?

There will be tutor input, group pair, discussions and individual work, and use of a range of audiovisual and IT resources. We aim to match the teaching to a wide range of individual learning styles and to make your learning enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. You will be given homework to complete after each session.

Your commitments as a learner

  • Attend every session of your course. If you need to miss a class, please let your tutor know in advance.
  • Complete the course.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen, paper, ring-binder.

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