Years 1 and 2
Philosophy courses in Years 1 and 2 are taught by a combination of lectures and tutorials. Typically, for each course, a student attends three one-hour lectures and one one-hour tutorial per week. Scottish Literature courses are taught by a combination of lectures and tutorials. Lectures introduce and explain ideas relevant to the course, and tutorials provide an opportunity for students to discuss and clarify these ideas in a small group setting.
Students may also take courses outside Philosophy and Scottish Literature in subject areas of their choosing. The teaching methods of these courses are determined by the relevant subject area.
Years 3 and 4
Philosophy courses in Years 3 and 4 are taught primarily by weekly two-hour seminars. The seminar format puts strong emphasis on group discussion and student participation. Often seminars are based on pre-assigned readings which students are expected to read in preparation for the seminar. For some courses, students may give a short presentation to the class on an assigned topic.
Scottish Literature courses in Years 3 and 4 are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and portfolios.
In Year 4, students are required to satisfy a dissertation requirement in either Philosophy or Scottish Literature. This provides an opportunity for students to undertake extended, independent research, under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff.
The main university library houses extensive holdings in both philosophy and Scottish literature, including online access to journal articles and a growing number of online books. A second smaller library, shared between Philosophy and Psychology, houses philosophy materials for use by staff, graduates and Honours students and offers further study space.