Academic Programmes

THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019

The Academic Year consists of two terms with an average of hundred lecture days per term. Classes are held from Monday to Friday on a regular basis. The Sri Lankan government calendar for holidays is not followed by the DBCIPH. Holidays are planned for significant religious and cultural celebrations associated with the nature and mission of DBCIPH. Two major holidays are planned in December and June. The minimum class attendance per semester is 80%.

All the students of DBCIPH are offered the possibility of obtaining a triennial BA Philosophy. The biennial Diploma in Philosophy is granted by the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome. However, it is possible that some students may not succeed in obtaining a BA degree/diploma. If after the supplementary exams they are still unsuccessful, they can be awarded a Diploma in Philosophy if they clear all the semester exams and the comprehensive exams of the 3-year curriculum.

However, it is possible that some students may not succeed in obtaining a BA degree/diploma. If after the supplementary exams they are still unsuccessful, they can be awarded a Diploma by DBCIPH if they clear all the semester exams and the comprehensive exams with the mini thesis. Further, those students who may be required by their Provincials/Superiors to do a two-year course of philosophy only, can terminate their studies after having passed in the semester exams, comprehensive exams and successfully defended a thesis at the end of the second year obtaining a Diploma in Philosophy and proceed to any other university for a graduation in another institute/college. Their curriculum will be arranged accordingly. Passing in the biennium of philosophy with a Diploma is the requirement to proceed to theological studies in view of preparation for priestly ordination as required by the Church laws

ORGANIZATION OF THE DIDACTIC ACTIVITY

  1. The institution offers a three year Academic Programme leading to a Bachelor of Art in Philosophy with a special orientation to education and Salesian Pedagogy.
  2. The academic programme is comprised of six semesters.
  3. Each class day has five frontal class periods. Each period is comprised of 45 minutes.
  4. One credit is equivalent to twelve hours. It includes the number of hours allotted for research in the Library, study leave and examinations.
  5. The ECTS grading scale is the system adopted by the institute joining under the common umbrella for the organization of the didactic activity followed by the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome.
  6. The courses are articulated according to a dual modality comprised of Basic Module (BM) and Advance Module (AM). All the courses are within a triple subdivision comprising specific Credits/ECTS:
  • Obligatory Fundamental Subjects.
  • Obligatory Complementary Subjects.
  • Optional Subjects comprising.

LECTIO CORAM


There will be the Final Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations in the sixth semester comprising the whole academic programme. It consists of the following four independent modalities of examination:

CODE EXAMINATION MODE EXAMINER
FEX02 Written Thesis/Dissertation - 5 ECTS Lectio Coram
Defence
Academic Panel
OFS14 Final Examination of Systematic Philosophy (Oral Comprehensive) – 5 ECTS 3 Questions
Lectio Coram
Academic Panel
OFS15 Final Examination of the History of Philosophy
(Oral Comprehensive) - 4 ECTS
3 Questions
Lectio Coram
Academic Panel

THE PROCESSING OF A WRITTEN THESIS FOR DIPLOMA AND BA


  1. The processing of a scientific written philosophical thesis of a B.Ph. should initiate with a synthetic/comprehensive vision focusing on the basic areas of philosophical thought on Man, World and God. It should not be directed to a monograph-analysis of a particular theme/research.
  2. The student must strictly follow instructions given in the faculty guide in preparation of the final thesis and research.
    • Jose M. Prellezo – Jesus M. Garcia, Invito alla Ricerca. LAS, Roma 2007
    • Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. 8th Ed., The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London 2010
  3. The student is free to choose his guide from the teaching faculty of DBCIPH at the beginning of the second year and present his project proposal-elaboration. The Principal will also appoint two other guides for scientific methodology (GSM) and Faculty Standardization (GFS). They will instruct the student in all matters concerning academic obligations and scientific methodology. If any one of the three guides is incapacitated due to any reason, then, the Principal will appoint a substitute
  4. The project proposal should be presented to the guides elaborating the proposed theme/problem, relevance (status questionis), structure, methodology, competency and possible remedies with a consulted bibliography. The project proposal must adhere to all research criteria and methodology established by the faculty
  5. Once the project proposal is developed and authorized by the three guides (at the end of the fourth semester/second semester of the second year), the student will present 3 copies of the same to the principal enclosed with the application form signed by the guides
  6. At the end of the second year the Academic Panel will approve/disapprove the project proposals
  7. During the final comprehensive examination (FEX02 - Written Thesis – 5 ECTS) the written thesis will be discussed and defended by the student before an Academic Panel comprised of three professors in Lectio Coram
  8. During the final comprehensive examination (FEX02 - Written Thesis – 5 ECTS) the written thesis will be discussed and defended by the student before an Academic Panel comprised of three professors in Lectio Coram
    1. The student will elaborate orally the theme, questions and his own findings pertaining to the theme (in 5 minutes).
    2. The guide will pose 3 questions to the candidate and the candidate will respond to each
    3. The co-reader 01 will present the mistakes/errors and inconsistency found on the written text pertaining to argument, analysis, synthesis and scientific methodology. He will also will make observations for further improvement of the text. Then he will pose 3 questions and the candidate will respond to each
    4. The co-reader 02 is the third member of the panel and he will pose 2 questions with specific observations
    5. The panel will take into account the results obtained from the FCE B2 examination at Cambridge. The student must obtain FCE B2 in English in order to be eligible for the honours of degree
    6. The final evaluation will be pronounced by the academic panel of the Lecio Coram
  • NB: A student is eligible for the Final Comprehensive Examination only after the following obligations are fulfilled: Passed in all the Obligatory Fundamental Subjects; Passed in all the Obligatory Complementary Subjects; Passed in all the Optional Subjects; Submitted Final Written Thesis (Dissertation).

  • EVALUATION OF THE FINAL THESIS


  • ONLY TO THE GUIDE
    1. Preliminary project proposal of the thesis at the beginning of the work.
    2. Collection of the documentation and the critical organization of the material.
    3. Scientific Methodology tacitly assumed in the argumentation and analysis.
    4. Preliminary bibliographical research level of the theme.
    5. Receptiveness to the corrections and observations given during the work.
    6. General impression of a team work between student and guides.
    7. Actuality and quality of the proposed working time frame of the student.
    8. Quality of the introduction, chapters, foot notes, conclusion and bibliography.
    9. Quality on seriousness, dedication and commitment carried out by the student.
    10. Quality of the printing and graphical presentation.
  • TO THE GUIDE AND READERS
    1. Originality of the theme.
    2. Choice of the theme in the purview of the inter-disciplinary nature of the BA Curriculum.
    3. Relevance of the theme to contemporary social issues.
  • TO THE GUIDE AND READERS
    1. General proficiency of English language
    2. Communicative achievement: formal/informal/just right/bad.
    3. Clarity in conceptual expressions and linguistic mastery.
    4. The quality and the structure of the paragraphs: smallest units of the paper.
    5. The linguistic quality and the structure of the titles and the sub titles: larger units of the paper.
    6. Linguistic appropriateness and the achievement of the message that the writer intends to convey to the reader: the scientific language.
    7. Part(s) of speech (Lexis is often made up of more than one component. Multi-word verbs, for example, may comprise a verb, a preposition and a particle
    8. Spellings (Note the differences between UK and US spellings).
    9. Punctuations.
    10. Regularity / irregularity of using past tense verbs?
    11. Word order and the structures which follow the transitive verbs, verb plus infinitive or gerund?
  • Methodology and Structure
    1. Quality of the Title Page.
    2. Quality of the Table of Contents.
    3. Clarity in defining the subject in examination.
    4. Level of research mindset, thinking processes and critical questioning.
    5. Collection of the documentation/the preliminary bibliographical research level.
    6. Quality and standard of the proposed bibliography - general/special.
    7. Formatting the papers.
    8. Application and evaluation of various themes in discussion.
    9. Inductive and deductive reasoning.
    10. Quality of footnotes.
    11. Level of the comprehensiveness and synthetic vision obliged by a BA Thesis.
    12. Effective convergence of major philosophical treatises - Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Anthropology, Religions and History.
    13. Competency and knowledge of a sound philosophical reflection.
    14. Background of the problem as needed.
    15. Main divisions and articulation of the theme discussed
    16. General function of the subdivisions.
    17. General organization of the body of the paper.
    18. General introductions and transition of the theme continually present.
    19. Elements of Salesian, pedagogical and pastoral interests. Quality and suitability of the direct references from various sources.
    20. Personalization of the indirect reference from various sources and their application in the work.
    21. Quality of the Introduction: claim, relevance (status questionis), structure, methodology, bibliography and limitations.
    22. Quality of the Conclusion: claim, reasons, recapitalization, evidence, alternatives, responses and claim re-stated.
    23. Quality of the Bibliography: primary sources (specialized), secondary sources and articles.
    24. Printing and graphical standard of the work: standard format.
  • Plagiarism
    1. Intellectual honesty.
    2. Clone: copying word-for-word as if it were one's own, with no reference.
    3. The text changes key words and phrases but keeps the essential content, without giving reference.
    4. The writer paraphrases and copies from different sources, making it all fit together, and still gives no reference.
    5. The paper mixes copied material from several sources without proper citation. Furthermore, the mix shows no skills in paraphrasing, synthesizing, or summarizing.
    6. Adherence to the methodological guidelines of the faculty.
    7. Risk of potential problems in methodology.
  • Orthodoxy
    1. Adherence to the philosophical vision to the Catholic faith and tradition - Fides et Ratio.
    2. Risk of the proposal to be non Catholic/agnostic/atheist and the balance and critical approach towards modernists, empiricists, rationalists and idealists.
    3. Defense of Christian Ethics and Theology.
    4. Presence of major classical thinkers: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas.