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IE0252 - Foundation Philosophy

Academic year

2020 to 2021 (Semester 2)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 6

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

This module will only be available to students who have been accepted onto the IE Foundation Programmes

Planned timetable

To be arranged

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module coordinator

Ms A M Malcolm-Smith

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module Staff

Dr Janice Deary

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

Typically, this is what will be included in the module: What am I, and what is reality? How can we know the right way to live? How can we know anything at all? This module aims to provide an introduction to Western philosophy, and to the types of philosophical issues one might encounter in the fields of ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and logic. Students will be introduced to key philosophical thinkers and theories, and will gain valuable skills in reasoning and abstract thought. The course will consist of a Lecture Series, which will introduce students to the major traditional branches of philosophy, and a Seminar Series, which will provide an opportunity to discuss contemporary ethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and animal rights.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

1-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA

Written examinations = 100%
Practical examinations = 0%
Coursework = 0%

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have compiled/developed an indicative list of learning and teaching methods:
  • Written: Is included in this category any assessment done under exam conditions (exams during diets, class tests) that do not involve the use of practical skills.
  • Practical: Are included in this category oral assessment and presentation as well as practical skills assessed in situ (in a classroom or laboratory for instance). Performances in the performing arts context are also classed as practical assessment.
Further details can be found on the QAA website.


1-hour Written Examination = 100%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

2 lectures (x6 weeks), 1 tutorial (x6 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours


The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.