PHIL100: Introduction to Philosophy

The philosophy Part I course, PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy, (first year) takes place over three terms and has two one-hour lectures per week. In addition, everyone joins a small discussion group (seminar). Each group meets for an hour once a week with a tutor. Lectures are meant to introduce you to a range of philosophical topics and to give you guidance and direction. For each weekly seminar students are typically required to read an article or book chapter which forms the basis for the small group discussion. This is your opportunity to practise explaining your ideas to others and listening to what have to say. You will also be given guidance about what else you should be reading on top of your 'core' readings.

The first year Philosophy course is divided into five sections:

  1. Knowledge and Reality
  2. Freedom of the Will
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Political Philosophy
  5. Ethics

There are written coursework assignments during the first two terms, and an exam in the summer. Your first year mark is weighted 60% exam/40% coursework.

The Part One Director of Studies is Neil Manson.