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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title World Philosophies
Module Code TP325
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fiachra O'Brolchain
Semester 2: Fiachra O'Brolchain
Autumn: Fiachra O'Brolchain
Module TeachersFiachra O'Brolchain
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module offers an introduction to a number of philosophical voices from outside of the “Western” tradition, through a close reading of a selection of representative primary and secondary texts. The module complements and builds upon the knowledge gained in previous philosophy modules and seeks to expand this beyond the traditional boundaries.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate familiarity with a number of non-Western thinkers and ways of thinking
2. Problematize concepts such as Western and Western philosophy
3. Understand how a number of cultures have thought systematically about fundamental questions of truth and ways of being in the world
4. Show a wider understanding of the development of philosophical thought and the history of ideas

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

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


Egypt and Mesopotamia

South Asian Philosophy

East Asian Philosophy

Islamic Thought

Confucian Ethics

Buddhist Ethics

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Dabashi, Hamid: 2015, Can Non-Europeans Think?, London,
  • Saggs, H. W. F: 1991, Civilization before Greece and Rome, Yale UP,
  • Said, Edward: 2018, Orientalism, London,
  • Wiredu, Kwasi, ed: 2004, A Companion to African Philosophy., Oxford,
  • Keown, D.: 2005, Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford UP,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
BAJHIBachelor of Arts (BAJHI)

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