Philosophy BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: V500
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications encouraged
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Module details

Single Honours Philosophy students must take a total of 120 credits per academic year. Typically, each module on offer is worth 15 credits.

Programme Year One

You take eight modules in total.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Ethics (PHIL101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims
    1. ​Students will become familiar with key concepts in ethics – bothmeta-ethics and normative ethics.​ 
    2. ​​Students will gain an acquaintance with the main approaches to moral theory (such as virtue ethics, deontology, consequentialism), as well as key debates in meta-ethics (subjectivism vs objectivism, naturalism vs non-naturalism).​

    3. ​Students will tackle central questions in ethics, such as ‘is a good action more about good intentions than beneficial outcomes?’, ‘does lying possess an objective property of badness?’, ‘ought different people to follow different moral codes?’ and ‘what activities lead to a good life?’.​

    Learning Outcomes​Students will be able to distinguish between some main concepts in ethical debates, past and present.​Students will be able to explain recent developments in ​meta-ethics and normative ethics.​Students will be able to evaluate some of the main theories in the history of moral philosophy and contemporary ethics.Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to ethical issues.​Students will be able to identify philosophical assumptions underlying ethical claims and judgments.Students will be able to structure a discussion of issues in ethics.​​Students will be able to speak with confidence and clarity on issues of moral philosophy.Students will be able to explain details of canonical texts in moral philosophy.​

    Students will be able to articulate and defend basic positions in classic and contemporary moral philosophy.

    Students will be able to write coherently and rigorously about abstract philosophical issues raised by ethical debates.

  • Political Philosophy (PHIL102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    AimsTo introduce students to the theories and arguments of some of the most important philosophers and of the western tradition of political thought, such as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Marx and Mill. 

    To introduce students to some of the main concepts in political philosophy, including political obligation, democracy, community, rights, liberty, justice and property.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to distinguish some main concepts in political philosophical debates.

    ​Students will be able to distinguish different ways of understanding  concepts in political philosophical debates.

    Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in the history of political philosophy.​

    Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to political issues.​

    Students will be able to identify philosophical assumptions underlying political claims.​

    Students will be able to structure a discussion of issues in political philosophy.​

    Students will be able to speak with confidence and clarity on issues of political philosophy​.

    Students will be able to explain details of canonical texts in political philosophy.

    Students will be able to articulate and defend basic positions in political philosophy.​

    Students will be able to write coherently and rigorously about abstract philosophical issues raised by political debates.

  • Mind, Knowledge and Reality (PHIL103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims​To introduce students to some of the main topics in metaphysics: God, the mind/body problem, personal identity, time and free will.

    To introduce students to the philosophical system of Rene Descartes.​
    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to distinguish between sound and unsound arguments.

    Students will be able to build a case for a specific metaphysical position, by weighing theoretical virtues, such as Occam''s razor, and metaphysical principles, such as the conceivability principle and the principle of sufficient reason.​

    ​Students will be able to extract an argument from text, render it into standard form, and critically evaluate its premises.

    ​Students will be able to explain Descartes'' philosophical system.

    Students will be able explain the basic issues, and the standard views, pertaining to five topics in contemporary metaphysics: God, personal identity, consciousness, free will and time.​

    ​Students will be able to able to argue for a specific view pertaining to five issues in contemporary metaphysics: God, personal identity, consciousness, free will and time.

    ​Students will be able to discuss reality in the partially abstract manner distinctive of metaphysical thought.

  • Reading and Writing Practical Philosophy (PHIL107)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce the academic skills and knowledge necessary for the critical reading and writing of philosophy. To foster in students an appreciation of the value of philosophy. To enable students to read effectively and to takes notes efficiently. To develop students'skill in presenting complex ideas to an audience and in practicing the intellectual virtues associated with philosophical discussion. To promote students skill in writing rigorously argued, well-written and well-presented philosophical essays. To promote students research skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some work relevant to a selected specialist topic in ethics. (This topic may vary from year to year. Examples include: human treatment of animals; ethics and the environment.)

    (LO2) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some central work about political liberty.

    (LO3) Students will be able to give structured seminar presentations and to conduct discussion in a manner that displays the intellectual virtues associated with philosophy.

    (LO4) Students will be able to write essays that embody a philosophically-informed approach to argumentation.

    (LO5) Students will be able to use the Harvard referencing system.

    (LO6) Students will be able to conduct independent research in support of their work, using appropriate print and online resources (including the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Philosopher's Index).

    (LO7) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some work in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

    (S1) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

    (S2) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

    (S3) Students will enhance their ability to identify the issues that underlie debates.

    (S4) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches, and their ability to identify presuppositions and to reflect critically upon them.

    (S5) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

    (S6) Students will develop the ability to perform bibliographical searches, to include (to professional standard) citations and bibliographies in their work and to plan, organise and produce presentations and essays.

    (S7) Students will enhance their oral and written communications skills and develop skill in explaining complex material in a precise manner.

    (S8) Students will develop their ability to work independently.

    (S9) Students will develop their ability to sift through information, assessing the relevance and importance of the information to what is at issue.

    (S10) Students will develop their skills in making appropriate use of information technology, information on the World Wide Web and reference works and databases relevant to the discipline.

    (S11) Students will develop the ability to write to a professional standard, using word-processing software.

    (S12) Students will enhance their capacity to participate, in a dispassionate and respectful manner, in debates about controversial and profound matters.

    (S13) Students will develop their willingness critically to evaluate and reflect upon arguments, beliefs, proposals and values, both their own and those of others.

    (S14) Through developing their analytical and critical skills and observing good standards of academic practice, students will develop their intellectual honesty.

    (S15) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S16) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

    (S17) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S18) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

    (S19) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S20) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S21) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

  • Reading and Writing Theoretical Philosophy (PHIL108)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To consolidate the academic skills and knowledge necessary for the critical reading and writing of philosophy.

    2. To consolidate students'' appreciation of the value of philosophy.​

    3. To consolidate students'' ability to read and take notes effectively.​

    4. To consolidate students'' skill in presenting complex ideas to an audience and in practising the intellectual virtues associated with philosophical discussion.​

    5. ​To consolidate students'' skill in writing rigorously argued, well-written and well-presented essays.

    6. To consolidate students'' research skills. ​

    7. To consolidate students'' appreciation of, and ability to use, forward-facing feedback and review.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to explain and evaluate some central work from the early modern period, covering the following topics: (i) perception; (ii) personal identity; (iii) freedom and determinism.

    Students will develop greater skill and confidence in giving structured seminar presentations and in conducting discussion in a manner that displays the intellectual virtues associated with philosophy.

    Students will develop greater skill and confindence in writing essays that embody a philosophically-informed approach to argumentation.

    ​Students will be able to use the Harvard system of referencing.

    ​Students will be able to conduct independent research in support of their work, using appropriate print and online resources (including the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Philosopher''s Index).

  • Philosophy and the Arts (PHIL110)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims​​​​​To consider philosophically relevant questions and concepts pertaining to the scope of art and the evaluation of artworks.

    To enable students to reflect philosophically about their intuitions regarding the arts and about their appreciation of particular artistic media.​
    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to examine whether the concept of art may apply to objects and activities from different historical periods and cultural contexts.​

    Students will be able to consider critically the impact that cultural institutions and their practices may have on philosophical theorising concerning the arts.​

    Students will be able to assess the view that artistic value is a matter of subjective response to it.

    Students will be able to analyse the character of self-expression through art, and assess its significance in evaluating artworks.​

    Students will be able to evaluate the argument that artistic intentions must inform our appreciation of works of art.​

    Students will be able to define and expound the conception of beauty in a narrow and in a wide sense.​

    Students will be able to outline and discuss the significance of the distinction between artistic and aesthetic properties.​

    Students will be able to argue for or against the view that artworks are unrepeatable.​

    Students will be able to interpret the ways in which content and meaning is attributed to art that does not seem to represent anything.​

    Students will be able to provide a critical account of the possible links between seeking truth and creating good art.​

    Students will be able to discuss whether art can function as a vehicle for demonstrating what is morally good.

  • Critical, Analytical and Creative Thinking (PHIL112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    AimsTo introduce students to the concepts and methods of informal logic and to enable students to use these concepts and methods in assessing arguments both within and outside philosophy.

    ​To help students to think more logically themselves, and to locate and remove inconsistencies in their own thoughts.

    ​To introduce students to methods of causal, statistical and probabilistic reasoning and to enable students to identify and avoid causal, statistical and probabilistic fallacies.

    ​To enable students to think creatively about problems and to come up with rational solutions to them, and to make logical decisions in the light of available evidence.
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will able to explain and apply the basic concepts of logic.

      ​Students will be able to identify conclusions and premises in arguments, including hidden premises.

      Students will be able to reconstruct and evaluate arguments. ​

      Students will be able to distinguish between reasoning and rhetoric and to identify fallacies and rhetorical ploys in arguments. ​

      Students will be able to distinguish between deductive and inductive infererence, including distinguishing between different types of inductive inference (enumerative, statistical, causal, analogical).

      ​Students will be able to tell when a given set of statements is logically consistent and when it is not.

      ​Students will be able to explain some of the problems with relativism about truth.

      Students will be able to explain and apply some of the basic principles of statistics and of probablity theory. ​

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate creative thinking by spotting possibilities missed by less creative thinkers.

    1. Introduction to Logic (PHIL127)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      To introduce students to the concepts, language and methods of classical sentential logic. To introduce students to a language of classical quantificational logic.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) Students will be able to explain and apply the basic concepts of classical sentence logic.

      (LO2) Students will be able to translate from English into sentence logic and vice versa.

      (LO3) Students will be able to construct and use truth tables.

      (LO4) Students will be able to construct proofs in natural deduction for sentence  logic.

      (LO5) Students will be able to translate from English into quantificational logic and vice versa.

      (S1) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

      (S2) Students will develop their skills in thinking critically, analysing problems and analysing and assessing arguments.

      (S3) Students will enhance their ability to marshal arguments and present them orally and in writing.

      (S4) Students will develop their ability to work independently.

      (S5) Students will develop their problem-solving skills.

      (S6) Improving own learning and performance; personal action planning.

      (S7) Communication; oral, written and visual; listening skills.

      (S8) Communication oral, written and visual, following instructions, protocols and procedures.

      (S9) Communication oral, written and visual, influencing skills and argumentation.

      (S10) Personal attributes and qualities; resilience.

    Programme Year Two

    In Year Two you will be able to choose modules from the list below.

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • Logic (PHIL207)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      AimsTo introduce students to the language and methods of classical quantificational logic.

      To enable students to use trees for both sentence logic and quantificational logic.​

      ​To relate quantificational logic to the philosophy of language. ​
        Learning Outcomes

        Students will be able to explain and apply the basic concepts of classical quantificational logic.

        Students will consolidate their skill in ​translating from English into quantificational logic and vice versa.

        Students will be able to construct proofs in natural deducation for valid sequents of quantificational logic.

        Students will be able to test sets of formulas for consistency using trees and to assess sequents of sentence logic and sequents of quantificational logic for validity using trees.

        ​Students will be able to explain Russell''s theory of definite descriptions and formally to represent sentences that use definite descriptions in a Russellain manner using the notation of quantificational logic.

        Students will be able to define, both formally and informally, some formal properties of relations (i.e., reflexivity, symmetry, transitivity and related properties)​ and to represent these properties using diagrams.

      1. Philosophy of Religion (PHIL215)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
        Aims​To introduce the current state of discussion concerning the concept of God.

        ​​To introduce the major arguments for, and the major arguments against, the existence of God.

        ​To enable students to clarify and develop their own views on whether God exists and, if so, what God is like.
          Learning Outcomes​Students will be able to engage with key debates and arguments in the philosophy of religion, primarily in the Western tradition.

          Students will be able to reflect on methodological issues that arise in the philosophy of religion, such as the relationship between faith and reason.

          ​Students will be able to assess challenges to the coherence of the concept of God.

          ​ Students will be able to discuss and evalate arguments for the existence of God.

          ​Students will be able to reflect critically on the significance and implications of the problem of evil for religious thought.

        1. Liberty, Justice and the Good Society (PHIL219)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
          Aims​Students will be invited to consider the theories and arguments of thinkers who have shaped contemporary political philosophy, such as John Rawls, Robert Nozick and Michael Walzer.
           
          Students will be asked to consider some of the main concepts in political philosophy, including freedom, equality and justice.​

          Students will be invited to appreciate the variety of philosophical issues raised by contemporary political debates around controversial topics, such as feminism and multiculturalism.​
          Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to distinguish some of the main concepts in debates within contemporary political philosophy.​Students will be able to explain different ways of understanding concepts employed in debates in contemporary political philosophy.Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in contemporary political philosophy.​Students​ will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to contemporary political issues.Students will be able to identify philosophical assumptions underlying political questions and claims.Students will be able to speak with confidence and clarity on issues of contemporary political philosophy.Students will be able to explain details of influential texts in recent political philosophy.​Students will be able to articulate and defend positions on issues in contemporary political philosophy.​Students​ will be able to write coherently and rigorously about philosophical issues raised by current political controversies.

          ​Students will be able to structure a discussion of issues in contemporary political philosophy.

        2. Metaphysics (PHIL228)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
          Aims

          To provide an introduction to some of the most significant debates in contemporary metaphysics;  topics include:  change and persistence, objects and properties, space and time.

          Learning Outcomes​​Students will be able to identify the main issues and positions in contemporary metaphysical discussions of space, time, persistence, properties, substance, persons, modality and existence.Students will be able to explain the main strengths and weaknesses of these positions.​

          ​Students will be able to identify the historical contexts of some of these positions.​

          ​Students will be able to construct a positive case for a specific metaphysical position, by appealing to theoretical virtues (e.g. simplicity), metaphysical principles (e.g. the principle of sufficient reason) and thought experiments which evoke powerful intuitions.

          ​​Students will further develop their abilities to extract arguments from texts, render them in standard form, and assess the soundness of their premises and the validity of their structures.​

          ​Students will be able to think more creatively about metaphysical issues.​

          ​Students will be able to explain the competing positions in contemporary meta-metaphysics.​

        3. Ancient Greek Philosophy (PHIL237)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
          Aims
          1. To consider the theories and arguments of some of the most important ancient philosophers, in particular Plato and Aristotle.
          2. To consider key ethical, epistemological and metaphysical concepts relevant to ancient philosophy, and their interconnections.
          3. To analyse and practise the dialectical skills portrayed in the ancient texts.
          Learning Outcomes Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in ancient Greek philosophy.​Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to classic ethical, epistemological and/or metaphysical issues.​Students will be able to identify points of agreement and disagreement between different philosophies.​Students will be able to structure a discussion of central issues in ancient Greek philosophy​.​Students will be able to engage dialectically with positions in ancient Greek philosophy and to articulate the implications of these positions.​Students will be able to present their ideas with clarity and confidence.​Students will be able to write coherent, structured and informative accounts of abstract philosophical issues.​

          ​Students will be able to highlight the social and political dimensions of ancient Greek philosophy, in terms of justice and the ''good life''.

          ​Students will be able to compare and contrast philosophy as an intellectual activity and philosophy as a ''way of life'', with reference to Socratic enquiry.

          ​​Students will be able to reflect on the significance of ancient Greek philosophy for the emergence of Western ideals about democracy and rational discourse.
        4. Moral Philosophy (PHIL239)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          AimsStudents will consider the theories and arguments of some of the most important contemporary moral philosophers focused on normative and applied ethics.

          Students will discuss some of the main concepts in moral philosophy.

          Students will appreciate the variety of philosophical issues raised by morality and a range of controversial social practices.
          Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to distinguish some of the main concepts in moral philosophical debates.

          Students will be able to distinguish between different ways of understanding  concepts in moral philosophical debates.

          Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in contemporary moral philosophy​.

          Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to ethical issues.​

          Students will be able to identify philosophical assumptions underlying ethical claims.​

          Students will be able to structure a discussion of issues in moral philosophy​.

          Students will be able to speak with confidence and clarity on issues of moral philosophy​.Students will be able to explain details of influential texts in recent moral philosophy.

          Students will be able to articulate and defend positions in moral philosophy.​

          Students will be able to write coherently and rigorously about abstract philosophical issues raised by ethical controversies.
        5. Business Ethics (PHIL271)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
          Aims

          To introduce and explain major contemporary perspectives on corporate behaviours. 

          To introduce moral perspectives as they relate to managerial decision-making and corporate
          structures.

          To make students familiar with a range of recurrent ethical problems arising in business.

          To improve students'' skills in identifying and analyzing ethical issues that managers and employees face.

          To give students practice in formulating, defending, and planning the implementation of action plans managing ethical dilemmas.

            Learning Outcomes

            Studentswill be able to discuss the main theories concerning the placeof ethics in business.

            Student will be able to explain assess the main approaches to normative ethics.​Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning costs and benefits, the challenge posed by uncertainty, professional roles, profits and the right of shareholder interests, and affirmative action.

            ​Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning the obligations of complex organizations with respect to loyalty and whistle-blowing, insider trading, customer responsibility, and corporate responsibility.

            Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning social justice and executive compensation.

            ​Students will be able to consider an ethical approach as a basis for sustainable marketing.

          1. Business Ethics (PHIL272)
            Level2
            Credit level15
            SemesterSecond Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
            Aims

            To introduce and explain major contemporary perspectives on corporate behaviours. 

            To introduce moral perspectives as they relate to managerial decision-making and corporate
            structures.

            To make students familiar with a range of recurrent ethical problems arising in business.

            To improve students'' skills in identifying and analyzing ethical issues that managers and employees face.

            To give students practice in formulating, defending, and planning the implementation of action plans managing ethical dilemmas.

              Learning Outcomes

              Studentswill be able to discuss the main theories concerning the placeof ethics in business.

              Student will be able to explain assess the main approaches to normative ethics.​Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning costs and benefits, the challenge posed by uncertainty, professional roles, profits and the right of shareholder interests, and affirmative action.

              ​Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning the obligations of complex organizations with respect to loyalty and whistle-blowing, insider trading, customer responsibility, and corporate responsibility.

              Students will be able to state and discuss the broad ethical principles concerning social justice and executive compensation.

              ​Students will be able to consider an ethical approach as a basis for sustainable marketing.

            1. Uses, Misuses and Abuses of Language (PHIL276)
              Level2
              Credit level15
              SemesterSecond Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:0
              Aims

              To introduce students to key concepts and figures in the project of understanding natural language . To introduce students to the distinction between semantics and pragmatics and to speech-act theory. To introduce students to some contemporary applications of speech-act theory to topics in political philosophy.

              Learning Outcomes

              (LO1) Students will be able to explain different accounts of the meaning and function of referring expressions.

              (LO2) Students will be able to understand and apply the distinction between semantics and pragmatics.

              (LO3) Students will be able to discuss competing philosophical accounts of the relation between meaning and use.

              (LO4) Students will be able to explain and critically assess Grice’s theory of meaning and/or Austin’s speech-act theory.

              (LO5) Students will be able to apply theoretical tools from philosophy of language to questions about free speech and harm in political philosophy.

              (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

              (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

              (S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

              (S4) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

              (S5) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

              (S6) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

              (S7) Problem solving skills

              (S8) Organisational skills

              (S9) Communication skills

            Programme Year Three

            In Year Three, you will be able choose modules from the list below. All students have the option to undertake a dissertation (10,000 words) on a topic of their choosing. The dissertation presents an opportunity for an in-depth study of an area of particular interest to you. Students also have the opportunity to take the year-long Work Placement module (SOTA300) in which they undertake a voluntary work placement outside the University.

            Year Three Optional Modules

            • Modal Logic (PHIL301)
              Level2
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
              Aims

              To introduce students to some systems of pure and applied modal logic and to some associated philosophical issues.

              Learning Outcomes

              (LO1) Students will be able to construct proofs in a system of propositional logic not studied on previous modules.

              (LO2) Students will be able to explain the distinction between primitive and derived rules of inference and prove, of derived rules, that they are derived.

              (LO3) Students will be able to explain the relationships between necessity, possibility, impossibility and contingency.

              (LO4) Students will be distinguish between the systems K, M, B, S4 and S5 and to construct proofs in these systems.

              (LO5) Students will be able to explain the working of the system of deontic logic D, an applied modal logic dealing with moral/legal obligation and permissibility and to construct proofs in D.

              (LO6) Students will be able to explain and employ concepts from model-theoretical semantics for modal logics.

              (LO7) Students will be able to explain the the relationships between various systems in terms of the properties of the accessibility relation.

              (LO8) Students will be able to assess sequents for validity in modal systems using trees, to construct counter-models for invalid sequents and to verify counter-models by appeal to model-theoretical considerations.

              (S1) Students will enhance their abilities in reading and understanding texts and in comprehending abstract material.

              (S2) Students will develop confidence in considering previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

              (S3) Students will develop their ability to work independently.

              (S4) Students will develop their problem-solving skills.

              (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

              (S6) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

              (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

              (S8) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

              (S9) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

              (S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience

            • Frontiers of Ethics (PHIL302)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              AimsTo consider conceptual and ethical issues arising from matters of global concern, such as international justice, humanitarian intervention and the environmental crisis.​

              To consider arguments and assumptions underlying a range of claims concerning such issues as disability, global citizenship, climate change and the ethical status of nature.

              To examine difficulties for traditional philosophical approaches raised by such issues and recent theoretical developments relevant to them.
              Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to distinguish between some of the main concepts involved in philosophical debates arising from matters of current global concern.

              Students will be able to distinguish between different ways of understanding  concepts in philosophical debates arising from from matters of global concern.

              Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in debates about matters of disability, global justice, just war, environmental justice and environmental ethics.​

              Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to current ethical issues.​

              Students will be able to identify philosophical assumptions underlying ethical claims.​

              Students will be able to structure a philosophical discussion of current ethical issues.​Students will be able to speak with confidence and clarity on current ethical issues.​Students will be able to explain details of texts shaping current philosophical debates about matters of global concern.

              Students will be able to articulate and defend positions in current philosophical debates about matters of global concern.​

              Students will be able to write coherently and rigorously about abstract philosophical issues raised by current ethical controversies.
            • Philosophy Dissertation (PHIL306)
              Level3
              Credit level30
              SemesterWhole Session
              Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
              Aims

              The aim is for the student to choose a topic of special interest in philosophy and conduct research into this area of interest via reading and private study under the supervison of the supervisor to whom they have been allocated.  

              Learning Outcomes

              The student will produce a systematic piece of written work, organised in chapters/sections in the manner of professional and published work in philosophy, so as to show that the research referred to in the Aims has been mastered in a way appropriate to someone with a grasp of the practice of professional philosophy.

            • Mind, Brain and Consciousness (PHIL309)
              Level3
              Credit level15
              SemesterFirst Semester
              Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
              AimsTo give students an understanding of the main developments in twentieth century analytic philosophy of mind: dualism, behaviourism, identity theory and functionalism.

              ​To give students a grasp of cutting-edge debates in philosophy of mind concerning (i) the place of consciousness in nature, (ii) the relationship between consciousness and thought, (iii) artificial intelligence.
                Learning Outcomes

                Students should be able to explain the history of twentieth century analytic philosophy of mind.

                ​Students should be able to explain cutting edge contemporary debates on (i) the place of consciousness in nature, (ii) the relationship between thought and consciousness, (iii) artificial intelligence.

                Students should be able to build a case for a specific view concerning (i) the place of consciousness in nature, (ii) the relationship between thought and consciousenss, (iii) aritificial intelligence. ​

                Students should be able to explain the main strengths and weaknesses of dominent theories on these three things in the philosophical literature.

                ​Students should further develop their abilities to extract arguments from texts, render them in schematic form, and assess the soundness of their premises and the validity of their structures.

                ​Students should be able to think more creatively about the relationship between thought, consciousness and the physical world.

              1. Philosophy of Language (PHIL310)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                Aims

                To study some of the main issues in the contemporary philosophy of language.

                Learning Outcomes​Students will be able to explain the point of compositional theories of meaning. 

                ​Students will be able to explain the nature and purpose of Frege''s sense-reference distinction.

                Students will be able to explain Russell''s Theory of Descriptions.​

                Students will be able to explain the difference between extensionality and intensionality and be able to evaluate some of the problems connected with these notions.​

                Students will be able to explain and evaluate sceptical approaches to meaning, such as Quine''s and Kripke''s.​

                Students will be able to explain and evaluate Davidson''s programme of radical interpretation.​

                Students will be able to explain rival theories of truth and evaluate their relative merits.​

                Students will be able to explain the connections between the notions of truth and meaning, and be able to evaluate the debate between realists and anti-realists.​

              2. Philosophy of the Future (PHIL312)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                Aims​To provide an introduction to debates concerning the philosophical implications of foreseeable future technological innovations.

                To examine the relevance of metaphysical and ethical considerations to future technological and scientific developments.​
                Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to identify the main issues and positions in contemporary philosophical discussions of issues such as human enhancement, existential risks, teleportation, time travel, the technological singularity, the simulation argument, the feasibility and desirability of uploading into virtual worlds.Students will be able to explain the main strengths and weaknesses of these positions.​​​Students will be able to explain the relevance of metaphysical and ethical considerations to debates concerning these issues. ​

                ​Students will be able to think more creatively about philosophical issues​.

                ​Students will be able to structure philosophical arguments relating issues raised by future technological developments.​

                ​Students will be able to articulate and defend specific positions in current philosophical debates concerning likely future developments in science and technology.​

                ​Students will be able to write coherently and rigourously about the philosophical issues raised by future technological developments.

              3. Mythologies of Transhumanism (PHIL313)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterSecond Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
                Aims

                This module aims to familiarise students with key transhumanist concepts and arguments, their history and philosophical context. Participants will improve their ability to analyze arguments, criticize texts, write well-argued essays, and question received ideas. At the end of the module, they will, with limited guidance, be able to construct and evaluate as well as formulate and express ideas at an intermediate level of abstraction, and assess and criticize the views of others.

                Learning Outcomes

                Students will be able to distinguish between different ways of understanding concepts in philosophical debates about human enhancement.

                Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in debates about human enhancement.​​

                Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to debates about human enhancement.​​

                Students will be able to identify philosophical assumptions underlying ethical claims.​​

                ​Students will be able to structure a philosophical discussion of current ethical issues.​​
              4. Aesthetics (PHIL316)
                Level3
                Credit level15
                SemesterFirst Semester
                Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                AimsStudents will be introduced to arguments of some of the most important philosophers on art, aesthetics and cultural theory, including Kant, Hegel, Danto and Tolstoy.

                Students will consider key concepts and theories in aesthetics, including the aesthetic judgement, disinterestedness, the institutional theory of art, the nature of representation and expression and feminist and post-modern critiques.

                Students will be encouraged to make connections between works of art and artistic practices of the past and present.
                  Learning Outcomes

                  Students will be able to analyse key concepts and arguments relating to aesthetics and art.​

                  Students will be able to structure discussion of issues in aesthetics.​

                  Students will be able to identify links between influential philosophical theories and artistic practices.​

                  Students will be able to articulate and defend positions in aesthetics and philosophy of art.​

                  Students will be able to present their ideas with clarity and confidence.​

                  Students will be able to develop in writing coherent, structured and informative accounts on abstract philosophical issues.​

                1. Indian Philosophy (PHIL326)
                  Level3
                  Credit level15
                  SemesterSecond Semester
                  Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                  Aims
                2. To examine the ways in which philosophy in Classical India develops as a dialogue between thinkers of Buddhist and Brahminical persuasions and to relate fundamental Indian metaphysical concepts to Western counterparts.

                3. ​To investigate what is distinctive about Indian approaches to questions of ontology, soteriology, social harmony, and morality.

                4. Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to engage in informed discussions identifying and evaluating the concepts and categories in which philosophical discussions were conducted in India.

                  ​Students will able to be enabled to assimilate a differentview Western philosophical traditions from the perspective of Indian philosohical traditions.

                  ​Students will be able to contextualise information about the Indian worldviews under discussion.

                   

                   

                  Students will be able to think more imaginatively by empathising with unfamiliar outlooks on life.

                   

                  ​Students will be able to engage in debate informed by an awareness of the particularity and peculiarities of Western philosophical positions.

                5. Philosophy and Literature (PHIL327)
                  Level3
                  Credit level15
                  SemesterSecond Semester
                  Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                  AimsStudents will be introduced to arguments of some of the most important philosophers on literature, such as Plato, Aristotle, Schelling and Derrida.

                  Students will consider key concepts and theories that deal with specific themes surrounding philosophical and literary production, such as the nature of emotion, narrative, metaphor and language.

                  Students will be encouraged to make connections with works of literature from different historical periods and cultural contexts.

                    Learning Outcomes​Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the theories central to philosophy and literature.

                    Students will be able to analyse key concepts and arguments relating to philosophy of literature.​

                    Students will be able to structure discussion of issues in philosophy and literature.​

                    Students will be able to interrogate literature through philosophy and vice versa.​

                    Students will be able to articulate and defend positions in philosophy of literature.​

                    Students will be able to present their ideas with clarity and confidence.​

                    Students will be able to develop in writing coherent, structured and informative accounts on philosophical issues.​

                  1. Existentialism (PHIL332)
                    Level3
                    Credit level15
                    SemesterFirst Semester
                    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                    Aims

                    To consider the theories and arguments of some of the most important existentialist philosophers, such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Sartre.

                    ​To analyse some of the main themes of existentialist philosophy, such as absurdity, ethics, authenticity and ''truth''.

                    ​To relate the philosophical issues raised by existentialism to lived practice and to concrete examples.​

                    Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in existentialism.Students will be able to analyse key concepts and arguments relating to existentialism.​Students will be able to structure discussion of issues around existentialist metaphysics and ethics.Students will be able to identify the relevance of existentialist philosophy to their own lives.

                     

                    Students will be able to articulate and defend positions relating to existentialist themes.​

                    Students will be able to present their ideas with clarity and confidence.​

                    Students will be able to write coherent, structured and informative accounts on abstract philosophical issues.​
                  2. Philosophy of Play and the VIrtual (PHIL343)
                    Level3
                    Credit level15
                    SemesterFirst Semester
                    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                    Aims

                    ​To introduce students to the main contemporary issues around play and games.

                    To develop students'' understanding of the relationships between play, labour and virtuality.

                    To enable students to reflect on their own preconceptions of play and value.

                    Learning Outcomes

                    ​Students will be able to explain the importance of play as a topic for study.

                    Students will be able to analyse common topics of discourse around play and games, especially digital games: violence, addiction, therapeutic and educational effects, and gamification.​

                    Students will be able to identify philosophical issues ariding from specific games/instances of play.​

                    Students will be able to explain some of the philosophical literature around play, make-believe, choice and responsibility, and virtual worlds.​

                    Students will be able to trace connections between surface controversies and deeper philosophical concerns.​

                    ​Students will develop their ability to reflect on their own preconceptions and how these contribute to both philosophical and popular discourse.​
                  3. Philosophical Approaches to Conflict (PHIL365)
                    Level3
                    Credit level15
                    SemesterSecond Semester
                    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                    AimsTo introduce students to the philosophical analysis of conflict.

                    To help students to think through for themselves the just solution to various conflicts between societies and within society.

                    To help students to think through for themselves the appropriateness or otherwise of the various ways in which present-day societies solve, or attempt to solve, conflicts.

                    To help students to think through for themselves the relationship between state and individual, and between different groups in the state.  
                      Learning Outcomes​​Students will show a capacity to analyse and evaluate, from a philosophical point of view, competing legal and moral rights​.

                      ​Students will be able to form considered and philosophically defensible judgements about appropriate resolution when rights clash in the public sphere.

                      Students will be able to apply theoretical resources to conflictual issues of contemporary socio-political and/or legal concern​.

                      ​Students will be able to articulate philosophical debates emerging from analysis of complex and sensitive scenarios​.

                      ​Students will be able to defend positions in relation to competing socio-political perspectives​.

                      ​Students will be able to be able to write with philosophical rigour about socio-political and/or legal conflicts​.

                    1. Classical Chinese Philosophy (PHIL367)
                      Level3
                      Credit level15
                      SemesterFirst Semester
                      Exam:Coursework weighting0:0
                      Aims

                      To investigate what is distinctive about classical Chinese approaches to questions of ontology, social harmony, personal morality and soteriology. To examine the ways in which philosophy in Classical Chinese civilisation develops in the Hundred Schools period, with particular attention to the dialogue between Confucians and Daoists.

                      Learning Outcomes

                      (LO1) Students will be able to engage in informed discussions about the concepts and categories in which  philosophical discussions were conducted in ancient China.

                      (LO2) Students will develop abilities in developing and contextualising new information about other worldviews.

                      (LO3) Students will be enabled to assimilate alternative cultural perspectives from which to view their own traditions.

                      (LO4) Students will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories propounded in the classical period of Chinese thought.

                      (LO5) Students will be able to discuss the problem of cultural relativism informed by an understanding of a particular alien pattern of thinking.

                      (LO6) Students will be able to relate classical Chinese thought to European philosophical interests.

                      (S1) Students will develop abilities to read and understand ancient texts in English translation.

                      (S2) Students will improve their ability to identify the issues that underlie debates.

                      (S3) Students will develop the confidence to consider previously unfamiliar ideas and approaches.

                      (S4) Students will develop their ability to identify presuppositions and to reflect critically upon them.

                      (S5) Students will develop a facility to compare and evaluate categories of thought from different cultures.

                      (S6) Students will enhance their written and communication skills.

                      (S7) Students will develop their ability to work independently.

                      (S8) Students will develop an ability to write in a manner that accords with professional standards and expectations.

                    2. Hellenistic and Neoplatonic Philosophy (PHIL368)
                      Level3
                      Credit level15
                      SemesterSecond Semester
                      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
                      AimsTo consider the theories and arguments of some of the most important philosophers of the Hellenistic and Neoplatonic periods.

                      To study key ethical, epistemological and metaphysical concepts and their interconnections.

                      To enable students to analyse and practise the dialectical skills portrayed in the texts examined.
                      Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to explain and evaluate some of the main theories in Hellenistic and Neoplatonic philosophy.Students will be able to analyse concepts and arguments relating to classic ethical, epistemological and/or metaphysical issues.Students will be able to structure a discussion of central issues in Hellenistic and Neoplatonic philosophyStudents will be able to identify points of agreement and disagreement between different philosophies.Students will be able to engage ​dialectically with positions in ancient and/or medieval philosophy and articulate their implications.Students will be able to present their ideas with clarity and confidence.Students will be able to develop in writing coherent, structured and informative accounts of abstract philosophical issues.
                    3. School of the Arts Work Placements Module (SOTA300)
                      Level3
                      Credit level30
                      SemesterWhole Session
                      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                      Aims

                      To develop materials and/or undertake tasks within a practical or vocational context. To apply within that practical or vocational context professional, pedagogical, theoretical and other knowledge relevant to the development and delivery of the placement materials and/or tasks. To apply academic and/or theoretical knowledge within a practical context, and reflect and report on the relationship between the two. To develop and identify a range of personal/ employability skills, and reflect and report on this development.

                      Learning Outcomes

                      (LO1) To demonstrate an ability to develop materials and/or undertake tasks, according to a given specification and requirement, within a practical or vocational context.

                      (LO2) To reflect on and evaluate the efficacy of the materials developed and/or the tasks undertaken.

                      (LO3) To identify the connection between academic and/or theoretical knowledge and its practical or vocational application.

                      (LO4) To identify, reflect and report on a range of personal/employability skills.

                      (S1) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

                      (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

                      (S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

                      (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

                      (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

                      (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

                      (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

                      (S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

                      (S9) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

                    The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


                    Teaching and Learning

                    In studying Philosophy you will learn how to defend your views with reasoned arguments, and to assess the arguments of others. Argumentative skills are learned through attending lectures and reading philosophical texts, developed by group seminar discussions, and formally assessed through essays and exams. You complete modules to the value of 120 credits per year, from a wide range of options available. Most modules employ a blend of lectures, seminars and online support materials. You will learn by reading and studying outside class time, by attending and participating in classes, by doing coursework and, for dissertations, via one-to-one meetings with a supervisor. There is also scope, both formally in the placement module and informally, for you to develop practical skills by volunteering.


                    Assessment

                    Philosophy employs a mixture of modes of assessment: exams and coursework in many different varieties including essays, oral presentations, dissertations, exercises, and supported independent work (eg in the placement module).