At the end of this course you will be able to:
- formulate methodologically relevant research questions and carry out the research necessary to answer them;
- give state-of-the-art oral presentations, and develop debating positions pro and con;
- write book reviews and survey articles in academic English (at an introductory level);
- present feedback to research proposals (at an introductory level);
- write an article for a larger non-philosophical audience.
This year-long course, which is mandatory for all first-year Research Master students, aims to develop the following methodological, academic and presentational skills:
- familiarity with the specific methodological tools used in the various philosophical disciplines: Awareness of methodology is trained by means of a collective reading of concise key texts, the formulation of answers to questions with respect to these, and debates about possible answers between representatives of different philosophical disciplines;
- a broad understanding of the state of the art of the specialisation in which you are enrolled: Such an understanding is acquired by each student separately, by means of research projects that will be presented to the class in the final meetings of each seminar;
- an introduction to the art of writing academic articles and research proposals: This art is trained in meetings in which second-year Research Master students or staff members subject drafts of their articles or research proposals to the judgment of the class participants;
- training in academic writing and in oral presentation of research results.