Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 15/11/2020
College College Arts and Law
School Phil, Theology and Religion
Department Philosophy
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. Philosophy Full-time
Programme Code 0905
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme "The programme 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,
  • present their own views verbally and in writing, clearly and with supporting argument,
  • collaborate with others in the course of such analyses and presentations
The programme 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 programme will enrich the lives of students who take it, 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. Most 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 begin work on 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.
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. The only compulsory module is Philosophical Project: through this module, students write a 5000 word dissertation during Stage 3, and 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. "
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 of the major analytical philosophers, both past and present.
some central theories and arguments in most of the core areas of analytical philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and moral and political philosophy)
some theories and arguments that are the subject of current research in contemporary analytical philosophy
a range of techniques of philosophical reasoning, and how those techniques are brought to bear on philosophical theories and problems.
Basic logical notation and proof procedures, and of the most important ways in which those techniques inform analytic philosophy in general.
lectures; seminar discussions; close, crucial reading and discussion of texts; the design and construction of essays and other assessments
Exams, essays, coursework exercises and project work
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:
the ability to analyse the structure of complex philospohical problems and arguments
the ability to identify and evaluate philosophical arguments.
the ability to present cogent arguments in defence of their philosophical views, verbally and in writing.
the ability to understand and use a range of specialised philosophical terminology
the ability to work independently, including devising and researching pieces of philosophical writing of various lengths - and in groups.
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
Lectures, tutorials, seminar and workshop discussions (including, at Stage 1 and 2, sessions with explicitly methodological contents and sessions involving individual and group presentations), close reading of texts, critical thinking, the design and construction of essays and other assessments. Research design and construction of essays and other assessments.
Exams, essays, coursework exercises (and as part of several modules, group presentations). Word-processed assessments; evidence of appropriate use of web resources.