Modules

AY 2017-18 Graduate Modules

The graduate modules offered in AY 2017-2018 are listed below. Please access the individual IVLE course pages for more details, and plan your modules using the following tools:



Semester 1

PH5430/PH5430R Ethics

by Neil SINHABABU


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 0-3-0-0-7; Prerequisite(s): Offered to Graduate students only and admission of others by permission of instructor; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

The module will focus on the sustained study of ethical theory involving one or more of the following four theoretical approaches to ethics: Utilitarianism, Deontology, Virtue Theory and Contractarianism. If necessary, the module may additionally study applications of the theory/ theories to a variety of applied issues. Sub-area(s): Value Theory

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PH5660 Independent Study


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 0-0-0-0-10; Prerequisite(s): Offered to Graduate students only and admission of others by permission of instructor.; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Philosophy in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head’s and/or Graduate Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval. Sub-area(s): NA

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PH6660 Independent Study


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 0-0-0-0-10; Prerequisite(s): Offered to Graduate students only and admission of others by permission of instructor.; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Philosophy in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head’s and/or Graduate Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval. Sub-area(s): NA

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PH6540 Topics in Analytic Philosophy

by TANG Weng Hong


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 0-3-0-0-7; Prerequisite(s): Offered to Graduate students only and admission of others by permission of instructor; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

The module is designed to provide an intensive grounding in one of the major areas in contemporary Analytic Philosophy. The module will consider philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology, or metaphysics. Other topics from the analytic tradition or a combination of more than one topic may also be considered under exceptional circumstances. Focus will be on contemporary issues and problems currently engaging the philosophers belonging to the analytic tradition. Sub-area(s): Metaphysics, Epistemology, Mind, Language

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PH6760/PH4212 Philosophical Topics

by Frank JACKSON


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 0-3-0-0-7; Prerequisite(s): Offered to Graduate students only and admission of others by permission of instructor; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

The module will study a topic in various areas of philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, political philosophy, a topic that crosses area boundaries. An example might be “Theories of Human Nature”. The module might approach the topic from within the perspective of one philosophical school or from a comparative perspective that examines the views of more than one philosophical school, eastern or western. Sub-area(s): Variable

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PH6770 Graduate Research Seminar

by Cecilia LIM


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 0-3-0-0-7; Prerequisite(s): Offered to Graduate students only and admission of others by permission of instructor.; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

This is a required module for all research Masters and Ph.D. students admitted from AY2004/05. The module provides a forum for students and faculty to share their research and to engage one another critically in discussion of their current research projects. The module will include presentations by faculty on research ethics and dissertation writing. Each student is required to present a formal research paper. Active participation in all research presentations is expected. The module may be spread over two semesters and will be graded “Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory” on the basis of student presentation and participation. Sub-area(s): NA

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Semester 2

PH5423 Philosophy of Science and Technology

by Axel GELFERT


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 3-0-0-0-7; Prerequisite(s): Nil; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

The module is intended to provide a framework for discussing thematically related questions arising in contemporary philosophy of science and technology. The focus will be on an in-depth study of a specific debate within general philosophy of science (e.g., scientific realism), or on a close examination of a branch within the philosophy of special sciences (e.g., philosophy of biology, philosophy of physics). In exceptional cases, the module may be structured around a suitable recent monograph or collection of papers. Sub-area(s): Logic, Science

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PH5660 Independent Study


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 0-0-0-0-10; Prerequisite(s): Offered to Graduate students only and admission of others by permission of instructor.; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Philosophy in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head’s and/or Graduate Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval. Sub-area(s): NA

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PH6211/PH4210 Advanced Epistemology

by Robert BEDDOR


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 0-3-0-0-7; Prerequisite(s): Offered to Graduate students only and admission of others by permission of instructor.; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

This module will explore an advanced topic in epistemology in depth. Some possible topics are the problem of scepticism, including realist and anti-realist responses to it, the nature of certainty and the relationship of knowledge to chance and credence, the internalism versus externalism debate about the nature of knowledge and justification, and the definability of knowledge in terms of truth, belief, justification and their cognates. The module may also explore a problem from formal epistemology, such as the lottery paradox, the problem of logical omniscience, or the probabilistic approaches to the problem of induction.

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PH6320/PH4205 Traditions in Asian Philosophy

by TAN Sor Hoon


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 0-3-0-0-7; Prerequisite(s): Offered to Graduate students only and admission of others by permission of instructor. ; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

The module will intensively examine philosophical traditions from the histories of Chinese or Indian Philosophy. Traditions may include (but is not restricted to) Confucianism, Taoism, neo-Confucianism, Legalism from Chinese Philosophy and Vedanta, Indian Buddhism, Nyaya, modern Indian philosophy from the Indian tradition. The emphasis will be on the building of a solid foundation in the philosophical grammar of a non-Western philosophical tradition. Sub-area(s): History of Philosophy, Asian, Comparative

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PH6660 Independent Study


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 0-0-0-0-10; Prerequisite(s): Offered to Graduate students only and admission of others by permission of instructor.; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Philosophy in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head’s and/or Graduate Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval. Sub-area(s): NA

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PH6770 Graduate Research Seminar

by Cecilia LIM


Modular Credits: 4; Workload: 0-3-0-0-7; Prerequisite(s): Offered to Graduate students only and admission of others by permission of instructor.; Preclusion(s): Nil; Cross-listing(s): Nil

Description:

This is a required module for all research Masters and Ph.D. students admitted from AY2004/05. The module provides a forum for students and faculty to share their research and to engage one another critically in discussion of their current research projects. The module will include presentations by faculty on research ethics and dissertation writing. Each student is required to present a formal research paper. Active participation in all research presentations is expected. The module may be spread over two semesters and will be graded “Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory” on the basis of student presentation and participation. Sub-area(s): NA

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