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Self-consciousness minicourse


Self-consciousness is often thought of as a characteristic theme of specifically modern philosophy. But how was self-consciousness understood prior to the seductive Cartesian account and what is the legacy of those earlier understandings? Join us for our minicourse.

We offer degrees in philosophy, art history and curating. You can study these areas separately and combined with each other and a wide variety subjects including politics, sociology, law, history, languages and literature. The Interdisciplinary Studies Centre is also based in our School and offers degrees in American (US) Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Global Studies and Liberal Arts.

We have an excellent record for student satisfaction and strong research expertise in phenomenology, critical theory, medical humanities and classical German philosophy, as well as renaissance studies, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, modern and contemporary art, curatorial studies and art from Latin America.

Our interdisciplinary degrees span a range of subject areas such as politics, literature, history and sociology. This enables students to tackle contemporary problems from a range of persepctives and to think beyond artificial intellectual barriers.

Why study with us?

Essex Autonomy Project

Essex Autonomy Project

The Essex Autonomy Project aims to clarify the idea of self-determination as a guide for policy makers and frontline professionals dealing with the complexities of vulnerable individuals and their capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Curatorial Studies

Centre for Curatorial Studies

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies is a research and teaching unit based in our School that focuses on contemporary curatorial theory and practice and contemporary museology.

Ethics of Powerlessness

Ethics of Powerlessness

The Ethics of Powerlessness project aims to clarify ethical challenges of experiences of powerlessness, especially in palliative and end-of-life care situations, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).