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MaryMatha Major Seminary Thrissur

Philosophy Course Scheme

Course Content

The seminary envisages a three–year philosophy course that consists of six semesters. However the graduated students may finish the course within two years (four semesters) provided they fare well in the academics.

As a rule, 180 credits are to be obtained to fulfill all the requirements of the course. Of these 180 credits, 157 credits are to be obtained from the basic courses offered and 20 credits from the optional courses. The remaining 3 credits are from the dissertation.The graduated students need to take only 120 credits, 105 credits from the basic courses, 12 credits from the optional courses and 3 credits from the dissertation.

As a rule, 180 credits are to be obtained to fulfill all the requirements of the course. Of these 180 credits, 157 credits are to be obtained from the basic courses offered and 20 credits from the optional courses. The remaining 3 credits are from the dissertation.The graduated students need to take only 120 credits, 105 credits from the basic courses, 12 credits from the optional courses and 3 credits from the dissertation.

Every year the students are expected to obtain four credits from the optional courses. The optional courses are offered for all the students, not at class-wise. However in the first semester, the first year students are allowed to attend only the language optional courses offered for their class alone.The subjects taught in the seminary during the period of three years include history of philosophy, systematic philosophy, studies in human formation and spirituality, science, society, and languages. Guided paper, book reviews, seminar, and dissertation are also part of the curriculum.

The subjects taught in the seminary during the period of three years include history of philosophy, systematic philosophy, studies in human formation and spirituality, science, society, and languages. Guided paper, book reviews, seminar, and dissertation are also part of the curriculum.


Guided Paper

Each student is expected to write a guided paper in the second semester of the first year philosophy course. Every student must choose a topic and get it approved by the instructor. The paper must not exceed 3000 words.


Book Review

The students, while doing the first and second year philosophy course, are expected to review one philosophical work each. The book review is intended to initiate the students to read and critically evaluate certain philosophical works and thereby to inculcate a philosophical culture among them. Having acquainted with the preliminary guidelines or principles of book review, each student, in consultation with the instructor, has to select the philosophical works to review. The students are supposed to complete their reviews within the stipulated time. The length of the book review is about 1000 words.


Seminar

During the second year of philosophical studies, every student should prepare a seminar paper on a philosophical theme assigned by the instructor. The student is also expected to present the paper to the class for 10 minutes and to clarify the doubts raised and questions posed by the class during the 5 minutes’ discussion that follows the presentation. The one who does the presentation must take into account the insights shared by the class during the discussion. Finally each student submits the scientifically written assignment (ca 3000 words) on the theme presented within 15 days after the presentation.


Dissertation

Each student, in the third year of his philosophical studies, has to write a dissertation on a philosophical theme with a minimum of 9000 words and maximum of 12000 words under the guidance of a teacher on the staff. The students are obliged to get approved the topics of their dissertations by the dean. The dissertation is to be submitted on the date indicated in the calendar. After the submission of the dissertation, each student has to present his dissertation (synopsis) to the class for about 15 minutes, in which the guide as well as the students participate.


Comprehensive Examinations

At the end of the three years of philosophical studies, the students have to appear for comprehensive examinations, both oral and written, which cover all the philosophical courses taught in the seminary. To become eligible for the final comprehensive examinations, the students must complete all other academic requirements. The duration of the comprehensive oral and written examinations is 30 minutes and 3 hours respectively. A panel of two instructors in three boards conducts the comprehensive oral examinations and every student is examined for 10 minutes by each board. From the syllabus given, the students decide the topic for the comprehensive written examination by lot. Those who fail in the comprehensive examination(s) are bound to reappear for the same. The students are allowed to repeat the comprehensive examination(s) only once. Normally, the repetition of the comprehensive examinations is scheduled at the beginning of June.


Final Average of the Philosophy Course

Using the following distribution of marks, the final average of the three-year philosophy course is calculated:


B. A. Degree

The students are allowed to secure B.A. Degree (philosophy) along with their philosophical studies in the seminary. The students may opt for any combination approved by any university. However, the seminary will not be responsible to offer all the required courses according to the syllabus of different universities.