Even as our knowledge continually expands, philosophical questions asked since the time of the Ancient Greek philosophers continue to perplex us. This Introduction to Philosophy course at University of Oxford offers students the opportunity to explore four topics in philosophy - knowledge, reality, free will and morality. Through a series of guided readings, and participation in discussions and other online events, you will not only learn how philosophers have tackled these topics, but learn how to tackle them for yourselves.
The aim of the course is to introduce students to central topics in philosophy. The objectives are to promote interest in philosophy, to develop an understanding of the nature of philosophical questions, and of ways in which these can be answered.
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Understand the nature of philosophical problems.
- Understand the different ways of responding to these problems, be able to differentiate between them, and to evaluate them.
- Grasp philosophical concepts and terms reason philosophically.
- Interpret and analyse a philosophical text.
- Participate in philosophical debates.
FHEQ level 4, 10 CATS points
- Introduction to learning online
- Why do Philosophy?
- Free Will
- The World
- 3 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesHistory Philosophy & Ethics Modern History View 18 other Short Courses in Philosophy & Ethics in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- You will be set two pieces of work for the course. The first of 500 words is due halfway through your course. This does not count towards your final outcome but preparing for it, and the feedback you are given, will help you prepare for your assessed piece of work of 1,500 words due at the end of the course. The assessed work is marked pass or fail.
This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
International300 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
EU/EEA300 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
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