Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 30/06/2020
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 with Year Abroad Full-time
Programme Code 580E
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The 4-year philosophy programme shares the following educational aims with the 3-year philosophy BA 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,- 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 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 to 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.In addition to the aims of the 3-year Philosophy BA programme, the 4-year programme aims to:
  • Give students the opportunity to live in the society and culture of a foreign country
  • Provide the opportunity to learn a foreign language/improve existing proficiency (where applicable)
  • Acquire the ability to study authors of interest in their original language (where applicable)
  • Provide the opportunity to experience academic life in general, and philosophy in particular, as it is practised in another country
  • Enhance students’ organisation and communication skills
  • Enhance students’ employability through proven ability to succeed in a foreign setting
  • Provide an extra opportunity for students to study in more depth topics of particular interest to them.
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 (logic, 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 of 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, tutorials, seminars, independent study, close active reading of texts, critical thinking, the design and construction of essays and other assessments. The Year Abroad will be taught in conjunction with a partner institution.
Exams, essays, and other coursework exercises, 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:
To interpret philosophical writing from a variety of ages and traditions
To analyse complex philosophical problems and arguments
To present cogent arguments in defence of their views verbally and in writing
To understand and use a range of specialised philosophical terminology
To display independent understanding of philosophical views and arguments
The ability to work independently - including devising and researching pieces of philosophical writing of various lengths – independently and in groups.
To communicate, and organise their studies, effectively in a foreign setting
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, seminars, and workshop discussions (including, at Stage 1 and 2, sessions with explicitly methodological contents and sessions involving individual and group presentations), close, active reading of texts, critical thinking, the design and construction of essays and other assessments.
Exams, essays, coursework exercises, project work, exercises (and as part of several modules, group presentations.)