SEL2211: Contexts

Module structure


1. Contact hours

For the first seven weeks of the semester there are two lectures/dialogues and four seminars per week; see teaching schedule for details and readings. The online lecture/dialogue material is BACKGROUND READING for the lectures/dialogues themselves, which expand on that content in a dialectic fashion (this is why we often call them dialogues). Seminars debrief the dialogues, and develop specific points raised in the dialogues. Module participants are required to attend both dialogues and *one* seminar per week, which you will be assigned to automatically by timetabling.

In the first seven weeks, you will also have study groups for the seminars, which will help you in preparing for the seminars and in the seminar discussion. You are expected to READ the online dialogue material BEFORE the dialogues, and to discuss it in your study groups.
(BEWARE: things will be said in the dialogues beyond this material...far beyond...and this material will not all be discussed in each dialogue. It will be assumed as background knowledge.)

The week before Easter will be dedicated to finishing your essays and introducing you to the mini-modules. You will also choose your mini-module during this time. The essays will be due the 1st week after Easter.


In the four weeks after Easter, you will attend a Philosophy or a Computer Programming mini-module. Timetabled dialogue and seminar hours in Weeks 10-12 will be devoted to the mini-modules. During the Exam Period, the mini-modules will come together in The Turing Challenge, which will be a semi-spontaneous dialogue-style oral presentation, including a presentation and testing of computer programmes. See teaching schedule.


The timetable for dialogues and seminars is as follows:


Dialogue 1

Dialogue 2

Film and/or Dialogue 3

Seminars (attend one)

Percy G13
until mini-modules

Percy G13,
until mini-modules

Percy G13,
until mini-modules

10:00 - 11:00
BSTC 1.48 or Percy G10,
until mini-modules

11:00 - 12:00
BSTC 1.48 or Percy G10,
until mini-modules


2 Assessment


See the Assessment page elsewhere at this site.


3. Reading

  • There are no books to buy for this module. Please read the online dialogue material BEFORE the given dialogue. (And note, again, the dialogues will not go over all of this material, and will say new things as well which assume the background material.)

  • References to suggested readings are provided with each lecture/dialogue. Some readings are in book form and some on the Web. The recommended approach is to consult the Web material first, since it is in general introductory, and to proceed to the more in-depth material in books subsequently where required. You are not required to read every one of the cited readings. Choose those which you find most useful, and read only as much as you feel you want or need to.

  • Library borrowing: not really necessary.