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Course module: FRRMV16003
Core Readings in Practical Philosophy
Course infoSchedule
Course codeFRRMV16003
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Filosofie en Religiewetenschap RMA;
Contact persondr. J.H. Anderson
Telephone+31 30 2532874
Contactperson for the course
dr. J.H. Anderson
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
3  (04/02/2019 to 05/04/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotC: MON-afternoon, TUE-afternoon,THU-morning
Study mode
RemarkExclusively for all first-year RMA Philosophy students
Enrolment periodfrom 21/01/2019 09:00 up to and including 22/01/2019 23:59
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
By focusing on a range of key texts in practical philosophy, organized around a unifying theme, this course serves to advance participants’ ability to engage in a sustained, critical, and systematic manner with pivotal texts from a variety of philosophical subfields, including ethical theory, political philosophy, normative ethics, philosophical anthropology, and/or moral psychology. Students also learn to reflect on the differences (and complementarity) between these subdisciplinary approaches as well as on the relationships between normative justification, empirical research, and the practical contexts that give rise to normative concerns.
An examination of key texts in practical philosophy, including  pivotal texts in the fields of ethical theory, political philosophy, normative ethics, philosophical anthropology, and/or moral psychology.

Enrollment is limited to (and required for) first-year students in the RMA Philosophy programme.

The course concludes with a symposium in which students give a presentation of their final paper. 
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Humanities
  • Completed all course modules listed below
    • Mastercursussen Geesteswetenschappen (200501100)
Prerequisite knowledge
Broad familiarity with undergraduate-level work in the areas covered in the course.
Private study materials
Will be made available via Blackboard.
Required materials
Instructional formats

General remarks
The course is taught in the form of seminars in which lecture, close reading, discussion, group work and presentations are integrated.

Class session preparation
Students are expected to have read carefully the required reading in advance of the seminar meeting and to be prepared to participate actively in the discussion of the texts and related issues. They are also expected to prepare and revise drafts of the final paper in the course of the term.

Contribution to group work
Active participation, including taking responsibility for the discussions in groups.

Active participation
Test weight0
Minimum grade-

Test weight75
Minimum grade5.5

Cogency of the argument, clarity of written expression, aptness of the chosen thesis claim, interpretive accuity regarding the relevant texts, adequacy of formal aspects of the paper, ability to identify, as relevant, and the mutual implications between ethical theory, relevant empirical studies, and the details of the practical contexts that give rise to normative concerns. Also relevant is the demonstrated ability to respond to feedback on earlier drafts of the final paper.

Due at the end of the course

Test weight25
Minimum grade5.5

The degree to which the oral presentation and subsequent discussion session is well prepared, clearly organised, effectively presented, cogently argued, and demonstrates master of the material presented.

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