Philosophy and Politics

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Academic Year of Entry: 2024/25
Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy and Politics
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Philosophy
Politics and International Relations
BA LV25
08/05/2024

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Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

  • A-levels: BBB - BBC or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A-levels.
  • BTEC: DDM - DMM or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of the equivalent of 2 full A-levels. The acceptability of BTECs is dependent on subject studied and optional units taken - email ugquery@essex.ac.uk for advice.
  • Combined qualifications on the UCAS tariff: 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A levels or equivalent. Tariff point offers may be made if you are taking a qualification, or mixture of qualifications, from the list on our undergraduate application information page.
  • IB: 30 - 29 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555-554.
  • IB Career-related Programme: We consider combinations of IB Diploma Programme courses with BTECs or other qualifications. Advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • QAA-approved Access to HE Diploma: 6 level 3 credits at Distinction and 39 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • T-levels: We consider T-levels on a case-by-case basis, depending on subject studied. The offer for most courses is Distinction overall. Depending on the course applied for there may be additional requirements, which may include a specific grade in the Core.

Contextual Offers:

We are committed to ensuring that all students with the merit and potential to benefit from an Essex education are supported to do so. For October 2024 entry, if you are a home fee paying student residing in the UK you may be eligible for a Contextual Offer of up to two A-level grades, or equivalent, below our standard conditional offer.
Factors we consider:

  • Applicants from underrepresented groups
  • Applicants progressing from University of Essex Schools Membership schools/colleges
  • Applicants who attend a compulsory admissions interview
  • Applicants who attend an Offer Holder Day at our Colchester or Southend campus

Our contextual offers policy outlines additional circumstances and eligibility criteria.

For further information about what a contextual offer may look like for your specific qualification profile, email ugquery@essex.ac.uk.

If you haven't got the grades you hoped for, have a non-traditional academic background, are a mature student, or have any questions about eligibility for your course, more information can be found on our undergraduate application information page or get in touch with our Undergraduate Admissions Team.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall, or specified score in another equivalent test that we accept.

Details of English language requirements, including component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

If we accept the English component of an international qualification it will be included in the academic levels listed above for the relevant countries.

English language shelf-life

Most English language qualifications have a validity period of 5 years. The validity period of Pearson Test of English, TOEFL and CBSE or CISCE English is 2 years.

If you require a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Pre-sessional English courses

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Pending English language qualifications

You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

If you cannot find the qualification that you have achieved or are pending, then please email ugquery@essex.ac.uk .

Requirements for second and final year entry

Different requirements apply for second and final year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK. Details of English language requirements, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College

Course qualifiers

A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).

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Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

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External examiners

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Dr Josiah Saunders

Associate Professor

Durham University

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2024 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  PY111-4-FY-CO  Introduction to Philosophy  Compulsory  30  30 
02  GV100-4-FY-CO  Introduction to Politics  Compulsory  30  30 
03    PY113-4-FY or option(s) from list  Compulsory with Options  30  30 
04    Option(s) from list or Outside Option(s)  Optional  30  30 
05  CS107-4-SP-CO  Beyond the BA: Skills for the Next Step  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  GV250-5-AU-CO  Principles of Social Justice  Compulsory  15  15 
02    2nd year Politics option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
03  PY437-5-SP-CO  Modern Social and Political Thought  Compulsory  15  15 
04    PY408-5-AU and/or PY456-6-AU and/or PY429-5-SP and/or Philosophy option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
05  GV254-5-SP-CO  Ethics and Public Policy  Compulsory  15  15 
06    CS200-5-AU or (CS207-5-AU and Philosophy option)  Compulsory with Options  15  15 

Year 3 - 2026/27

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  PY413-6-SP-CO  Contemporary Political Philosophy  Compulsory  15  15 
02    PY456-6-AU or PY428-6-SP or PY453-6-SP or Philosophy option from list  Optional  15  15 
03    CS307-6-AU and/or final year Politics option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
04    Final year Politics option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
05  PY455-6-SU-CO  PY455-6-SU - CAPSTONE  Compulsory  30  30 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

  • To provide a sound academic grounding in the disciplines of philosophy and politics.
  • To encourage students to identify the relevance of philosophy to other forms of enquiry and to other disciplines, especially politics, and its applicability to issues in public and political life.
  • To develop students'capacities for independent thought and critical reflection.
  • To equip students with a range of intellectual skills fostered by the study of philosophy and politics, preparing them for subsequent research, further study and a wide variety of careers.


  • Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

    On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

    A: Knowledge and understanding

    A1: Knowledge and understanding of philosophical texts from a variety of traditions, analytic and continental, and of major philosophical issues.

    A2: Knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and empirical aspects of politics.

    A3: Knowledge and understanding of the methods appropriate to the discipline in question.

    Learning methods

    Outcomes A1-3 are achieved through teaching in the form of lectures and classes.

    In the former module content is conveyed formally while the latter involve student discussion of that content.

    Books and journal articles are recommended to deepen understanding of module content, and to assist in the writing of essays and exams.

    Assessment methods

    Outcomes A1-3 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

    Coursework includes essays, essay plans, essay drafts, abstracts, peer reviews of draft student essays, reading summaries, reading analyses, in-class reading quizzes, logic exercises, take-home exams, individual and group oral presentations, and a final-year 5,000-word dissertation. Coursework is prepared during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written or oral feedback for the student.

    Coursework tests the ability to research a topic using, for example, library and internet resources, expound specified texts and enter into detailed argumentation with them.

    Unseen exams test the ability to rehearse and assess arguments in relation to specific questions posed within a limited time frame.

    Philosophy modules include examinations in the first year only.

    B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

    B1: Capacity to follow complex arguments, and to present one's own evaluation of them.

    B2: Ability to gather and evaluate large amounts of information and data.

    B3: Capacity to summarise complex and demanding texts, and to assess critically their strengths and weaknesses.

    B4: Capacity to argue coherently and persuasively.

    Learning methods

    Skills B1-4 are obtained and developed through the teaching and learning methods described above.

    Students are expected to read background material for lectures and classes, and to participate fully in class discussion.

    Assessment methods

    Outcomes B1-4 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

    Coursework (as described above under A: Knowledge and Understanding) is prepared during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and oral or written feedback for the student.

    C: Practical skills

    C1: Ability to prepare written work or oral presentations, assimilating complex arguments and significant amounts of data, expressing oneself clearly and with argumentative cogency.

    C2: Ability to abstract and synthesise relevant information from a range of sources, using books, journal articles, library and internet resources.

    C3: Ability to use accepted conventions for presentation of footnotes, references and bibliographies in written work.

    C4: Ability to use a range of methods (library and internet resources) to perform bibliographical searches.

    Learning methods

    Skills C1-4 are gained by the preparation for and writing of coursework, and/or the preparation for and delivery of presentations, in conjunction with guidance given in teaching, in feedback on coursework and in departmental handbooks for both disciplines.

    Assessment methods

    Outcomes C1-4 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

    Coursework (as described above under A: Knowledge and Understanding) is prepared during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written or oral feedback for the student.

    D: Key skills

    D1: Ability to communicate effectively.

    D2: Use of relevant information technology to research and present written work.

    D4: Ability to identify the problem to be solved, to analyse it carefully, and to compare and assess different solutions to it.

    D6: Ability to organize one's reading and thinking in relation to specific topics, to work to a deadline, and to learn from comments on coursework and oral communication from teachers.

    Learning methods

    Skills D1,2,4,and 6 are acquired and developed through the teaching and learning methods described above.

    Students are encouraged to use the university key skills on-line package, word processing packages, library searches and internet resources.

    Assessment methods

    Outcomes D1,2,4, and 6 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

    Coursework (as described above under A: Knowledge and Understanding) is prepared during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written or oral comments for the student.


    Note

    The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

    The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

    Contact

    If you are thinking of studying at Essex and have questions about the course, please contact Undergraduate Admissions by emailing admit@essex.ac.uk, or Postgraduate Admissions by emailing pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

    If you're a current student and have questions about your course or specific modules, please contact your department.

    If you think there might be an error on this page, please contact the Course Records Team by emailing crt@essex.ac.uk.