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PHIL702 – Research Topics in Mind and World

2017 – S2 External

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Albert Atkin
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
The unit will examine contemporary research in one of the traditional fields covered by Metaphysics and Epistemology, especially research concerning the relationship between mind and world, as mediated by language, science, and culture. The unit will revolve around a current ‘hot topic' of research in this area. Students will be brought up to speed on this topic so that they are in a position to begin to pursue their own research project.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Work in cooperation with others and reflect on individual and group performance to identify opportunities for improvement.
  2. Apply acquired knowledge and skills in the context of philosophical scholarship.
  3. Analyse and critically evaluate philosophical arguments.
  4. Articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments in the Philosophy of Race in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
  5. Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in the Philosophy of Race
  6. Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the methodology, concepts and arguments in recent Philosophy of Race.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Short Essay 20% Week Six
Paper Plan 20% Week Eight
Philosophy Paper 50% Week Thirteen
Participation 10% On going

Short Essay

Due: Week Six
Weighting: 20%

A short (1000 - 1200 words) exegetical/summative paper of one of the core arguments from either (i) the primary text we shall be analysing in the course, or (ii) a published article/book responding to the primary text we shall be analysing in the course. This task will be assessed by the following criteria: content, structure, accuracy, written expression and referencing. A marking rubric, an example, and a detailed task outline for this task will be supplied on the iLearn homepage.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills in the context of philosophical scholarship.
  • Articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments in the Philosophy of Race in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the methodology, concepts and arguments in recent Philosophy of Race.

Paper Plan

Due: Week Eight
Weighting: 20%

Students will submit a short project plan (~ 750-1000 words) for their final Philosophy Paper (see Assessment Task 3) which includes: (i) a title/question which will be the focus of their final paper (ii) a suggested structural plan of the paper (iii) the details of three pieces of literature crucial to their paper (this will include a fifty word summary of each piece). This task will be assessed by the following criteria: structure, analysis, feasibility, written expression and referencing. A marking rubric, an example, and a detailed task outline for this task will be supplied on the iLearn homepage.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Work in cooperation with others and reflect on individual and group performance to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills in the context of philosophical scholarship.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate philosophical arguments.
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in the Philosophy of Race
  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the methodology, concepts and arguments in recent Philosophy of Race.

Philosophy Paper

Due: Week Thirteen
Weighting: 50%

You will write a philosophy paper (note: not an essay) of around 4500 words, exploring one of the cutting edge debates we cover in the course. The paper must emulate the style and ambition of a short publishable philosophy research paper (looking at philosophy journals such as Analysis, Thought: A Journal of Philosophy or the critical notices in Philosophical Papers).This task will be assessed by the following criteria: content, structure, argument and critical analysis, written expression and referencing. A marking rubric, an example, and a detailed task outline for this task will be supplied on the iLearn homepage.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Work in cooperation with others and reflect on individual and group performance to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills in the context of philosophical scholarship.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate philosophical arguments.
  • Articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments in the Philosophy of Race in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in the Philosophy of Race
  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the methodology, concepts and arguments in recent Philosophy of Race.

Participation

Due: On going
Weighting: 10%

You will need to participate during the course, whether this is in tutorials or through on-line fora. This task will be assessed by the following criteria: demonstration of familiarity with and understanding of the relevant readings and topics; contribution to discussion and/or engagement across the course. A marking rubric will be supplied on the iLearn homepage.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Work in cooperation with others and reflect on individual and group performance to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills in the context of philosophical scholarship.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate philosophical arguments.
  • Articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments in the Philosophy of Race in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in the Philosophy of Race
  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the methodology, concepts and arguments in recent Philosophy of Race.

Delivery and Resources

The unit will use a weekly two hour seminar. Internal students are expected to attend have read the reading for that week. External student may listen to the seminar online through iLearn..

Unit Schedule

We will be reading an addressing issues surrounding race and epistemic injustice. This will mean that our main task will be a close reading of Miranda Fricker's book Epistemic Injustice (2007 Oxford University Press). This book and the other articles mentioned below are all available through MQ Library.

Week One: Introduction to the course, and the Introduction section of Epistemic Injustice

Week Two: Chapter One of Epistemic Injustice

Week Three: Chapter Two of Epistemic Injustice

Week Four: Chapter Three of Epistemic Injustice

Week Five: Chapter Four of Epistemic Injustice

Week: Six: Chapter Five of Epistemic Injustice

Week Seven: Chapter Six of Epistemic Injustice

Semester Break 

Week Eight: Chapter Seven and Conclusion of Epistemic Injustice

Week Nine: "The Relevance of Credibility Excess in a Proportional View of Epistemic Injustice" - by Jose Medina

Week Ten: "A Cautionary Tale: On Limiting Epistemic Oppression" - by Kristie Dotson

Week Eleven: "Epistemic Justice as a Virtue of Social Institutions" - by Elizabeth Anderson

Week Twelve: "Two kinds of Unknowing" - by Rebecca Mason

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills in the context of philosophical scholarship.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate philosophical arguments.
  • Articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments in the Philosophy of Race in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in the Philosophy of Race
  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the methodology, concepts and arguments in recent Philosophy of Race.

Assessment tasks

  • Short Essay
  • Paper Plan
  • Philosophy Paper
  • Participation

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Work in cooperation with others and reflect on individual and group performance to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills in the context of philosophical scholarship.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate philosophical arguments.
  • Articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments in the Philosophy of Race in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in the Philosophy of Race
  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the methodology, concepts and arguments in recent Philosophy of Race.

Assessment tasks

  • Short Essay
  • Paper Plan
  • Philosophy Paper
  • Participation

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills in the context of philosophical scholarship.
  • Articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments in the Philosophy of Race in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in the Philosophy of Race

Assessment tasks

  • Short Essay
  • Paper Plan
  • Philosophy Paper
  • Participation

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Work in cooperation with others and reflect on individual and group performance to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills in the context of philosophical scholarship.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate philosophical arguments.
  • Articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments in the Philosophy of Race in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in the Philosophy of Race
  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the methodology, concepts and arguments in recent Philosophy of Race.

Assessment tasks

  • Short Essay
  • Paper Plan
  • Philosophy Paper
  • Participation

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Work in cooperation with others and reflect on individual and group performance to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills in the context of philosophical scholarship.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate philosophical arguments.
  • Articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments in the Philosophy of Race in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in the Philosophy of Race
  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the methodology, concepts and arguments in recent Philosophy of Race.

Assessment tasks

  • Short Essay
  • Paper Plan
  • Philosophy Paper
  • Participation

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Work in cooperation with others and reflect on individual and group performance to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate philosophical arguments.
  • Articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments in the Philosophy of Race in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in the Philosophy of Race
  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the methodology, concepts and arguments in recent Philosophy of Race.

Assessment tasks

  • Short Essay
  • Paper Plan
  • Philosophy Paper
  • Participation

Changes since First Published

Date Description
31/07/2017 Addition of assessment criteria in the assessment descriptors in order to meet compliance with policy.