Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 26/09/2014
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 Full-time
Programme Code 1565
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme This programme aims to prepare professionals in Mathematics who would be able to work as specialists in this area. It aims to attract students who will benefit from a challenging programme of study, to provide a smooth transition to Undergraduate Mathematics, to create a supportive environment in which intellectual development may flourish, to provide the student with a balanced combination of mathematical topics, to expose students to the fascinating world of modern Mathematics and its application.

The programmes aim 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 programmes aim 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.

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 some 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.
Key mathematical concepts and topics
How mathematics can be used to analyse and solve problems including those at an abstract level
How mathematics can be used for modelling and analysing real life problems
Lectures, tutorials, seminars discussion, independent study, close crucial reading of texts, the design and construction of essays and other assessments
Lectures, tutorials, computer practicals, seminars, independent study
Exams, essays, coursework exercises, project work
Exams, class tests, course work 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 positions 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, 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
To be able to construct and develop logical mathematical arguments with clear identification of assumptions and conclusions
To present arguments and conclusions clearly and accurately
To select and apply appropriate mathematical methods to solve problems including those at an abstract level
To abstract the essentials of problems and formulate them mathematically and in a symbolic form
Lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop discussions (including, at Stage 1 and 2, sessions with explicitly methodological contents and sessions involving individual and group presentations), independent study, close reading of texts, the design and construction of essays and other assessments.
Lectures, tutorials, computer practicals,seminars, independent study
Exams, essays, coursework exercises, project work (and as part of several modules, group presentations).

Word-processed assessments; evidence of appropriate use of web resources.
Exams, class tests, coursework exercises, project work