What is the course about?
Do you have a self or soul? Is a difference between the real 'you' and the person (or people) you present yourself as in public? Are you who or what you are apart from your relationships with others or in virtue of them? This course explores these questions from a philosophical point of view.
What will we cover?
The course falls into two parts: the first covers classical philosophical topics such as conscious, personal identity and free will; the second covers various aspects of selfhood, bringing philosophy into contact with sociology, psychology and the politics of identity.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify specific theories of the self from the work of the particular thinkers we will study
- analyse and evaluate these theories for yourself.
- distinguish between philosophical analyses of selfhood and those which come from other disciplines
- explain and justify your own views about the Self.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for those who have followed an introductory course, but those new to philosophy will also be welcome. However, an enthusiasm for learning as well as an open and critical mind will enhance your enjoyment and benefit from this course. On joining this course you should be able to read and comment upon extracts from a philosophical text. You should be prepared to discuss this reading in class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught using a variety of methods as appropriate, including short lectures, class discussions, small group work, whiteboard, OHP and video screenings.
There will be the opportunity to participate in quizzes and other informal assessment procedures during the
class. Students can ask for feedback about progress from the tutor at any time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All course materials will be provided by the tutor or available free of charge online.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please check our prospectus or our website - www.citylit.ac.uk - for philosophy courses on offer.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details