Philosophy

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Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Philosophy
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Philosophy
BA V500
15/04/2017

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

A-levels: BBB

IB: 30 points. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

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.

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 here.

Course qualifiers

None

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

None

External examiners

Dr Thomas Joseph Stern

Senior Lecturer

University College London

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 27 January 2020 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 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  PY111-4-FY  Introduction to Philosophy  Core  30 
02    CS101-4-FY or Outside Option(s) from list  Optional  30 
03    PY113-4-FY or Outside Option(s) from list  Optional  30 
04    PY114-4-FY or Outside Option(s) from list  Optional  30 
05  CS711-4-FY  Skills for University Studies  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  PY400-5-SP  Knowledge and Reality  Compulsory  15 
02    PY408-5-SP or Philosophy option(s) from list  Optional  15 
03    Choose two from PY434-5-SU or PY435-5-SU or PY436-5-SU  Compulsory with Options  30 
04    Philosophy option(s) from list or outside option(s)  Optional  30 
05  PY437-5-SP  Modern Social and Political Thought  Compulsory  15 
06    CS200-5-AU or CS712-5-FY and Philosophy option  Optional  15 

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01    Philosophy option(s) from list  Optional  30 
02  PY455-6-SU  Philosophy Capstone Module  Compulsory  30 
03    Philosophy option(s) from list  Optional  30 
04    Philosophy option(s) from list  Optional  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 wide-ranging and flexible philosophy curriculum, embracing both analytical (or Anglo-American) and Continental (Modern European) philosophical thought.

To encourage students to identify the relevance of philosophy to other forms of enquiry (e.g. social, political, cultural, aesthetic), its interconnections with other disciplines, and its applicability to issues in public and moral life.

To develop students' capacities for independent thought and critical reflection.

To provide students with the skills necessary for subsequent research or further study.

The outcomes listed below represent the minimum that might be expected of a graduate of the School of Philosophy and Art History of the University of Essex.

It is the intention of the School that the vast majority of graduates will achieve significantly more.

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 of philosophical texts from a variety of traditions and a variety of historical and social contexts.

A2: Knowledge of significant figures in the history of philosophy, and of some central theories, arguments and issues connected with them.

A3: Knowledge of techniques of philosophical reasoning and conceptions of philosophical method, embracing diverse traditions and approaches.

A4: Knowledge of major issues currently being debated by philosophers.

Learning methods

A1-A4 are acquired through: teaching in lecture and class format; lecturers conveying module content in a general manner while allowing for, and encouraging, questions from students; classes generally focusing on specific textual, argumentative or practical examples, where emphasis is placed on student discussion.

The use of books and journal articles to convey module content.

The use of books, journal articles and internet resources to write coursework and prepare for examinations.

Assessment methods

Outcomes A1-A4 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

Coursework consists of essays written during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written feedback for the student.

Examinations consist of essay-based questions, for which revision classes are provided.

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.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Ability to identify complex arguments and to present one's own evaluation of them.

B2: Ability to use and criticise specialised philosophical terminology.

B3: Ability to summarise complex and demanding texts, often written at historical distance, and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the views they propose.

B4: Ability to identify underlying issues in philosophical texts, debates and arguments, and to highlight deficiencies such as unquestioned assumptions, superficial analogies and unsubstantiated claims.

Learning methods

Skills B1-B4 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 discussions.

Assessment methods

Outcomes B1-B4 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

Coursework consists of essays written during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written feedback for the student.

Examinations consist of essay-based questions, for which revision classes are provided.

C: Practical skills

C1: Ability to write a philosophical essay, expressing oneself clearly.

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

Learning methods

Skills C1-C2 are gained by participation in class discussion, discussion with the lecturer during class and office hours, independent research for and writing of coursework and exam preparation.

Assessment methods

Outcomes C1-C2 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

Coursework consists of essays written during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written feedback for the student.

Examinations consist of essay-based questions, for which revision classes are provided.

D: Key skills

D1: Ability to write clearly, and to communicate ideas to an audience.

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

D3: Not applicable.

D4: Ability to identify the problem to be solved; to articulate critically the assumptions underlying or connected with the problem; to compare and contrast differing and often contradictory solutions to the problem; and to provide argument and evidence in defence of one's solution to the problem

D5: Not applicable.

D6: Ability to read closely and carefully; to organize one's reading and thinking in relation to specific topics; to learn from feedback from the lecturer in the form of written comments on coursework and oral communication; and to work to deadline

Learning methods

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

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

Assessment methods

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

Coursework consists of essays written during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written feedback for the student.

Examinations consist of essay-based questions, for which revision classes are provided.


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.

Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: crt@essex.ac.uk.