FACULTY OF HUMANITIES & EDUCATION HANDBOOK 2010–2011
PHIL2701 Philosophy in Literature This course is an examination of a number of central philosophical issues as they are reflected in literary works. Among the issues to be examined are the following: the question of God and the problem of evil; determinism, free will and fatalism; freedom and man’s search for identity; the meaning of life, and the obligation to obey the law.
PHIL2801 Aesthetics The course is designed not only to introduce students to the study of the nature of beauty which intersects with topics in metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language, but also the theory of taste and criticism in the creative and performing arts.
logic is in many respects the workshop of philosophy, and the course aims to introduce students to its methods and materials and also to its implications for other areas in philosophy.
PHIL3012 Philosophy of Law This course provides a systematic consideration of the fundamental issues in the conception and practice of law; origins of law, commands and orders; sovereignty and subject; legitimacy and autonomy; laws, ethics and justice; democracy and the law; gender and the law; discrimination and reverse discrimination; war and laws; sanctity of life and law – suicide, capital punishment, cloning, organ transplantation, etc.; and conscience and the law.
PHIL2901 Problems of Knowledge The course concentrates on the scope and limits of knowledge, its sources and justification. It is divided into two parts. Part 1 focuses on epistemological issues such as scepticism, analysis of knowledge, varieties of cognitive states and the ethics of epistemology. Part 2 deals with methodological questions like the Problem of Induction and in general the status of inductive inferences, the notion of evidence or corroboration and its attendant paradox of confirmation, and the notion of explanation.
PHIL2902 Early Modern Philosophy - Rationalism This course aims to study what has become known as the school of rationalism in which three philosophers stand out: namely, Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz. The course covers a selection of subjects from their works with an emphasis on their metaphysical and epistemological aspects.
PHIL2903 Early Modern Philosophy - Empiricism This course is a sequel to the first course on Modern Philosophy and is designed to study the school of empiricism. Among the empiricists, the works of three figures loom large: Locke, Berkeley and Hume. Again, the course is concerned mainly with epistemological and metaphysical aspects of empiricist and Kantian philosophy.
PHIL2904 Philosophical Logic The course is not so much about formal logic as about a series of connected and highly important concepts like reference, truth, existence, identity, necessity, and quantification. Philosophical
PHIL3099 Research in Philosophy - Interrogating Perennial Issues and Great Thinkers in Philosophy - (6 credits) This course is designed to introduce final year students to research in Philosophy. Through detailed reading of classical and non-classical works in Philosophy, students will develop an understanding of the background to the works of each major author, and be able to identify issues in Philosophy and/or themes in the works of a major philosophical figure. As a culmination of the work in the research course, students will be required to prepare a research paper under supervision of the lecturer for the course, which critically analyse the issues and/or theme of interest to them.
PHIL3110 Environmental Ethics A critical examination of various moral problems raised when considering environmental issues. Questions regarding the moral status of animals, future generations, and the environment as a whole are explored. Also taken up are the moral aspects of famine relief, population control, and resource use.
PHIL3120 Biomedical Ethics Bioethics is the critical study of ethical problems arising from medicine, healthcare and the biological sciences. The course will discuss some ethical questions concerning such issues as: abortion, euthanasia, health resource allocation, organ donation, experimentation on humans and animals, medical paternalism, genetically modified food, genetic modification of animals, human cloning, eugenics and designer babies, genetics, refusal of medical treatment.