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An overview of the undergraduate philosophy programmes at UCD can be found on the MyUCD Philosophy page.
Some students find the choice of philosophy modules at second and third year bewildering. The following is designed to recommend certain ‘streams’ through the philosophy curriculum. Students who are interested in module A in second year will probably, we think, be interested in module B in third year. Or, conversely, second-year students looking forward to their third year might be interested in topic B, and we would therefore recommend taking module A in their second year to prepare themselves properly. We stress that these are only recommendations; the School does not have any formal system of prerequisites.
In addition to recommending that students follow one of these streams, we also recommend more generally that students inform themselves about the content, structure and assessment of individual modules, by:
(i) contacting individual staff members ahead of time to ask for the most recent module outline or for a summer reading list;
(ii) attending as many lectures as they can in the first week of a given semester, since students can change their enrolment up until the end of the second week;
(iii) those in third year should also consult the current Graduate Student Handbook (available on-line, on the ‘graduate’ page) to examine the modules available at the MA level.
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Year 1: Introduction to Modern Philosophy, Existentialism and Humanism
Year 2: Hume and Kant, Phenomenology & Existentialism, Selves & Others, Philosoph & Literature
Year 3: Nietzsche, German Idealism, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Interpretation, Critical Theory, Kierkegaard
Year 1: Problems of Philosophy, Critical Thinking
Year 2: Philosophy of Mental Disorder, Knowledge and Scepticism, Mind & World in Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Analytic Revolutions
Year 3: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language
Year 1: Problems of Philosophy, Reason & Paradox
Year 2: Logic, Philosophy of Science, Knowledge and Scepticism, Metaphysics, Plato's Republic & Timaeus
Year 3: Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Interpretation, Philosophy of Religion
Year 1: Introduction to Ethics, The Search for Meaning
Year 2: Aristotle, Feminist Legal Theory, Applied Ethics, The Family, Law & Ethics, Plato's Republic & Timaeus
Year 3: Critical Theory, Philosophy of Law, Matters of Life & Death, Philosophy of Good & Evil, Philosophy of Religion, History of Ethics, Animal Ethics, Aristotle's Ethics & Politics
Year 1: Introduction to Modern Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy
Year 2: Hume and Kant, Self, Mind and World in Early Modern Philosophy, Beauty and Terror in the 18th Century, Analytic Revolutions, Plato's Republic & Timaeus
Year 3: German Idealism , Nietzsche, Aristotle's Ethics & Politics, History of Ethics, Kierkegaard