First year modules…
Thought I'd do a little post about some of the core and optional first year modules, which apply to the Philosophy and Literature course, but should also be relevant to other Philosophy courses.
There are 5 core modules which are compulsory...
Three from the Philosophy department:
- Introduction to Philosophy (which PPE students also take)
- Meaning and Communication
(I think both Logic and M&C are compulsory for all philosophy courses)
One from the English department:
- Modes of Reading (which is compulsory for all English students)
And lastly one from both departments:
- Problems in Philosophy and Literature (which is a module just for Philosophy and Literature students)
Then you have one optional module which you can either take from the Philosophy or English department (there is quite a variety of things to pick from and you check them out by clicking on the links for the relevant departments). I picked Modern World Literatures from the English department so I had a more equal balance between the two aspects of my course.
Each module has a webpage with necessary information but I'm just going to give a brief outline here of my expereince with the modules I had in first year...
Introduction to Philosophy:
Is a module that runs for the whole year in which you cover a range of philosophers and their different areas of philosophy, from ancient philosophy to aesthetics. I enjoyed some parts of this module, but found others really difficult, philosophy of mind left me feeling boggled! Whilst it was hard to keep up with the changing topics every few weeks I guess it it gave me a broad overview of the different things I could pick to study over the coming years - and things to definitely avoid!
Logic nearly killed me, okay it wasn't that bad... but it was a pretty trying module! Logic only runs for one term and is supposedly a Philosophy module, but its pretty much "simple maths" (for maths students, not simple maths for philosophy and lit students like me...). This was the worst module of the year for me, some people love it, most people hate it! Don't worry too much though, because pretty much everyone passes it and there are super logic geniuses who run help sessions! (Which you should definitely make use of!)
Meaning and Communication:
This module is a bit of an odd one, it had some enjoyable aspects and was one of the less stressful of the bunch, it is a super short module which runs in the summer term just before exams, so all the information is fresh in your memory! There isn't too much to say about it, learn the information and it's pretty simple!
Modes of Reading:
This was one of my favourite modules and it runs for both autumn and spring term - the texts are great and I found the seminars engaging, and slightly less intimidating then my philosophy ones! I also really enjoyed writing the essays for this module, I think it really helps when you enjoy the texts you are studying, which I've taken on board this year, picking modules that have texts that I will actually want to read!
Problems in Philosophy and Literature:
I enjoyed this module because it was the only one that incorporated both Philosophy and English, and it was a chance just to learn with the people who were just on my course, which was a great opportunity to meet the people on my course. This module only runs for autumn term but is a great chance to study philosophy and literature in relation to one another, which is what interested me in the course in the first place!
Modern World Literatures:
I also really loved this module, there is a different text each week (which is sometimes hard to handle, but a great routine to get into) and whilst there is a lot of reading, if you don't like a book one week there will be a different one the next! You also get to pick which books you write your essays on, so you can pick those which you enjoy and avoid those you don't. The range of novels/plays/poetry is quite vast and gives you a good footing for the rest of your degree.
Hope this has helped anyone who is looking at the outline of philosophy courses and gives you a bit more of a personal insight into some of the modules!