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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Philosophy Existentialism
Module Code HD319
School 76
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: David Gibson
Semester 2: David Gibson
Autumn: David Gibson
Module TeachersDavid Gibson
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module introduces students to developments in 19th and 20th century philosophy with a special emphasis on existentialism and phenomenology. A task in this module is identifying and deciphering what philosophy is appropriately conceptualized as existentialist philosophy. Accordingly, this module examines earlier philosophers including Kierkegaard and Heidegger before turning to traditional existentialist theorists including Sartre and De Beauvoir. The module complements these mainstream existentialist theorists by introducing the work of Fanon (on race) and Carel (on illness) The modules examines key existentialist themes including despair, self,death, authenticity, being, consciousness, freedom and ambiguity. This grounding in existentialist thought informs a critical consideration of the relevance existentialism offers in understanding human development and identity.

Learning Outcomes

1. Define and describe philosophical accounts of the self, human being, individual in existential and phenomenological thought.
2. Critically describe, differentiate and compare alternative existential and phenomenological accounts of the self.
3. Appraise and defend a critical analysis of one of the key thinkers on the course.
4. Reflect on and evaluate debates on existentialism and phenomenology as it relates to race, health, and identity
5. Critically analyse and reflect on the relevance of existential and phenomenological ideas of authenticity, freedom, despair and ambiguity in their own lives.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentAssignment 150%n/a
AssignmentAssignment 250%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
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