Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 14/11/2020
College College Arts and Law
School Phil, Theology and Religion
Department Philosophy
Partner College and School Mathematics
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. Mathematics and Philosophy with Year Abroad Full-time
Programme Code 710B
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme Philosophy: The programmes aims to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of central areas of philosophy, its methods and history. It aims to engage their interest in and enthusiasm for issues of philosophy and to foster within them the skills distinctive of good philosophy: in particular, the abilities
- to analyse abstract claims and arguments accurately,
- to present their own views verbally and in writing, clearly and with supporting argument,
- to collaborate with others in the course of such analyses and presentations
The programmes aims to provide students with the opportunity to engage with the range of expertise and internationally recognized research undertaken in the Dept. of Philosophy. Through these various aims and provisions, the programmes will enrich the lives of students who take them, and will provide society with the resource of graduates who can think and express their thoughts in a clear and logical manner. Graduates equipped with these transferable skills as well as with the knowledge of the subject’s contents will be employed in a wide range of occupations.

Stage 1 is designed to offer students a broad foundation for the academic study of philosophy. Some of the modules are compulsory, focussing on broad themes and issues in key foundational areas of the subject. Philosophical methodology is emphasized in all of these modules, and also in special additional training sessions during the first semester.

Stage 2 is where students consolidate their philosophical skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the areas of philosophy that interest them most. To that end, a good amount of choice is offered across the two semesters, but not so much as to allow students to specialize in one area only. Towards the end of the stage, students who opt to write a dissertation at Stage 3 begin work on this - the Level H module, Philosophical Project - and through a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops connected to this, they further consolidate their analytical, presentational and team working skills.

During the year abroad, students continue to develop and consolidate their philosophical knowledge and skills. In particular (and depending on where they go) this part of the programme is likely to expose them to philosophical traditions and methods rather different from those they encounter in Birmingham, and this exposure should help them to develop a more balanced, multi-faceted facility with the subject.

Stage 3 provides students with even more choice, and with more specialized modules delivered by convenors who are actively engaged in germane cutting-edge research. For JH students who do not take a dissertation or similar independent student in their other subject: Philosophical Project is compulsory. Students write a 5000 word dissertation during Stage 3. This undertaking should, even more than the other modules at this level, help them to refine the research, analytical and presentational skills that characterize the programme as a whole.

Mathematics: To provide students with an appreciation of the distinctive nature of mathematics as the language of science, a creative discipline that forms a systematic way of structuring thoughts and arguments, closely tied to a coherent body of associated knowledge.
-To provide students with a broadly based education in mathematics, including statistics and computational mathematics, and philosophy. -To provide a core understanding of mathematics and philosophy in the first two years and a wide range of mathematics and philosophy options, that reflect the research interests of the Schools, in the final year. -To make students aware of the wide range of career options open to them and prepare them for professional, graduate level employment or further study. -To develop mathematical skills such as modelling, problem solving and the use of precise technical language.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The texts, theories and arguments of some major philosophers, past and present (Philosophy)
Some central theories and arguments in the fields of logic, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, ethics broadly understood (Philosophy)
A range of techniques of philosophical reasoning, and of how those techniques are brought to bear on philosophical theories and problems (Philosophy)
Basic logical notation and proof procedures, and of the most important ways in which those techniques inform analytic philosophy in general (Philosophy)
The (probably distinctive) philosophical theories and positions taught at the university visited during the year abroad. (Philosophy)
Key mathematical concepts and topics including the foundations and applications of calculus and analysis, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and one of applied mathematics, mathematical optimisation, probability and statistics (Mathematics)
The need for and techniques of proof and rigour and the ability to construct rigorous arguments (Mathematics)
How to analyse and model both applied and abstract situations using the language of mathematics (Mathematics)
How to solve problems arising from applied and abstract situations through both the creative and the routine application of mathematical techniques
Essential concepts, principles and theories relating to computing (Mathematics)
The scientific and other career options open to highly qualified mathematics graduates
Lectures, tutorials, seminar discussion, independent study, close crucial reading of texts, the design and construction of essays and other assessments (Philosophy); Lectures, seminars and independent study, especially on the Stage 1 logic modules, but also on specialized higher-level modules. Some of these techniques also come through in other modules (Philosophy); Full participation in the modules taken at the university visited (Philosophy); Lectures and tutorials; computer practicals; projects (Mathematics)
Exams, essays, coursework exercises, project work (Philosophy); Assessments offered at the university visited (Philosophy); Tests, examinations, assignments, oral presentation (Mathematics)
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
To interpret philosophical writing from a variety of ages and traditions (Philosophy)
To analyse positions and arguments (Philosophy)
To present cogent arguments in defence of their views, verbally and in writing (Philosophy)
To understand and use a range of specialised philosophical terminology (Philosophy)
To display independent understanding of philosophical views and arguments, and to work independently - including devising and researching pieces of philosophical writing of various lengths – and in groups
To communicate, and organise their studies, effectively
The capacity to be competent and effective users of IT resources for research purposes, word processing. Students will also be able to use IT communication tools effectively (Philosophy)
Facility in the (probably distinctive) philosophical methods taught at the university visited during the year abroad (Philosophy)
Ability to abstract the essentials of problems and formulate them mathematically and in a symbolic form (Mathematics)
Analytical, numerical, computational, modelling and problem solving skills (Mathematics)
Ability to select and apply appropriate mathematical methods for solving problems including those at an abstract level ((Mathematics)
Ability to construct and develop logical mathematical arguments with clear identification of assumptions and conclusions (Mathematics)
Ability to present arguments and conclusions clearly and accurately (Mathematics)
Ability to independently solve a substantial problem and present a solution both orally and in a dissertation (Mathematics)
Capacity for independent study and learning, report writing, giving presentations (Mathematics)
Lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop discussions (including, at Stage 1 and 2, sessions with explicitly methodological foci), independent study, close reading of texts, the design and construction of essays and other assessments (Philosophy); Communication: these skills honed mainly through tutorials, seminars and workshop discussions and through the design and construction of essays and other assessments. Additional support in respect of organisation is provided through the Personal Tutor system (Philosophy); Research design and construction of essays and other assessments (Philosophy); Full participation in the modules taken at the university visited during the year abroad (Philosophy); Lectures, tutorials, computer practicals and projects (Mathematics)
Exams, essays, coursework exercises, project work (and as part of several modules, group presentations) (Philosophy); Word-processed assessments; evidence of appropriate use of web resources (Philosophy); Assessments offered at the university visited (Philosophy); Tests, examinations and oral presentations (Mathematics)