Taught in 1st year Bachelor in remedial education
Theory [A] 24.0
Exercises [B] 0.0
Training and projects [C] 0.0
Studytime [D] 84.0
Studypoints [E] 3
Level in-depth
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Examination contract? Access upon approval
Language of instruction Dutch
Lecturer Maurice Walgraeve
Reference SCORTH01A00014
Key words

In the training module ‘Philosophy’, students distance themselves from the tangible reality of the course they are on and their profession-to-be. The training module provides them with a set of powerful tools for enquiring about the course (and the profession), both as regards course content and basic principles. Creating and maintaining a ‘philosophical mindset’ is a priority in that respect: an attitude which allows the student to systematically study fixed standpoints and opinions. (S)he must question their validity, justification, rationale and fundamentals. In the context of this course, it is also essential to instil a capacity for objective thought about people and society; we need to get the students to see the need for that.

The purpose of this training module is to shape these objectives by fostering and developing the following core skills from the training profile:

Job-specific core skills
- 1. Proceeding from a critical orthopedagogical approach, a pluralistic point of view and the principle of solidarity, the aim is to sensitize societal systems and welfare policy with a view to promoting and looking after the interests of the persons with special needs.
Supporting subset skills:
        - To know and to recognize one’s own frame of reference and to place it in relation to the
        theoretical frameworks;
        - To sensitize the societal context by implementing an attitude based on a pluralistic point
        of view and the principle of solidarity.

-2. Proceeding from one’s own identity and a solid theoretical basis, to display professional competence in the vocational practice; to be objectively critical, communicative and creative.
Supporting subset skills:
        - Systematically and constantly, to objectively reflect on how the level of
        professional competence can be raised, based on one’s own identity and in interaction with

General core skills
General job core skill
-3. To develop a sense of involvement and understanding about ethical, norm-referenced and contemporary social issues, which are closely connected with occupational practice.

General ( generic) core skill
-4. To reason logically, correctly and with a wide-ranging point of view.

The purpose of this training module is to give an introduction to Philosophy. In view of this introductory character, it was decided to place this training module ‘Philosophy’ on standard educational route 1. In this way this module serves as a pointer to general frames of reference and paradigms which the students can fall back on.

The following subjects, among others, are covered in this module:
Characterization of philosophy:
- Definition;
- Philosophy and science;
- Acquisition of philosophical knowledge;
- The world as a complex entity;
- A specific approach.
Historical overview of philosophy incl. an interpretation, historical background and making topical of the various authors/schools of philosophy:
- Greek philosophy (Pre-Socratic philosophy, the Golden Age of Greek philosophy, Greek and Roman philosophy after Aristotle);
- The Renaissance, Baroque and Enlightenment (The Age of Reason);
- Kantianism;
- Philosophy in the 19th century: romanticism and idealism, positivism, Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard;
- Philosophy in the 20th century: Sartre and Foucault.

Entry-level skills
Exit qualifications in secondary education.

Final Objectives
Exit-level skills
The core skills from the training profile listed in the ‘objectives’ section are fully underpinned by the following exit-level skills of the training module:

At the level of knowledge and comprehension
The students:
- Explore the main philosophical systems and philosophical issues;
- Correctly position the class-presented philosophical issues in both a historical and social framework;
- Can expound the basic tenets and ideas of the main philosophical schools of thought and list their respective representatives from antiquity right up to the present day.

At the application level (skills)
The students:
- On the basis of their own reflections about self-knowledge, social standards and values, can develop an insight into their own view of society and the world;
- Elucidate their own world view and a view of man and society in relation to historical and theoretical frameworks they have seen on the course.

At the level of integration
The students:
- By giving their own examples, they are able to expound the importance of philosophy to the way they operate in the community and handle individuals.

Materials used
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Supportive courseware (course materials and classroom equipment) and a syllabus (obtainable from the coursewear department);
Course notes that result from work done in smaller groups;
Course notes taken during lectures and classroom debates, online course readers, powerpoint slides,…

Study costs
The cost price is estimated at approx. 10 euros.

Study guidance
Individual consultation (tutoring/monitoring) by appointment.
Contact details: item Lecture(s)

Teaching Methods
Lectures with an opportunity for dialogue and to put questions;
(Own) video material;
Work in small groups;
Guest speakers;
Attending workshops, seminars and lectures.

An examination for this training module is scheduled in the exam period at the end of the semester in which you took this course.

A written examination consisting of:
- open questions: 3 questions (60% of the marks);
- multiple choice questions: 2 sets of 10 questions (40 % of the marks).
The examination focuses on the topics and exit-level skills of this training module. The total number of questions is limited to what can be got through comfortably within the allotted time for the exam.

An analogous written exam is organized during the resits.