We combine traditional and new methods of teaching and learning, to stimulate your passion for philosophy.
We are proud to have several winners of the University Lord Dearing Awards for excellence in teaching and learning among our staff, and our lecturers are frequently nominated for Student Union Staff Oscars for their teaching.
Teaching is mainly carried out through interactive lectures and small-group seminars which foster group work and discussion. We also incorporate technology and use a variety of tools to help you get the most out of your time with us including:
- pod and video casts
- interactive keypads
- online quizzes
- online marking
- audio feedback on essays
- Prezi (presentation software)
All modules use Moodle, the virtual learning environment, which provides 24-hour access to teaching materials and other resources to support your learning. Students submit written work electronically via Turnitin, which also allows them to check their work for originality prior to submission.
Apart from inspiring your passion for philosophy, one of our main aims is to create independent learners by teaching you key skills including:
- becoming a researcher
- managing your time
- meeting deadlines
- writing and communicating clearly
- preparing and giving presentations
There are a number of core modules in the first year that give you a broad foundation in the subject:
- Reasoning and Argument (key academic skills for making the most of your degree)
- Self, Mind and Body
- Introduction to Moral Philosophy
- Elementary Logic
- Appearance and Reality
In the second and third year you can choose from a large number of different modules covering a vast range of subjects, a taste includes:
- Mind and Consciousness
- Advanced Logic
- Feminist Philosophy
- Environmental Ethics
- Being Becoming and Reality
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example research developments or legislative changes. This list is an example of typical modules that we offer, not a definitive list.
An introduction to the module Mind and Consciousness by Dr Mark Jago.
See our other module videos.
We assess by essays, in-class tests, final exams and group oral assessments. We have also assessed students through one-to-one vivas (oral assessments) and poster presentations. We are keen to use a variety of assessment methods so you can develop different skills and strengths. We also recognise the value of providing timely, constructive feedback to allow you to improve in your work.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Nottingham delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.