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Philosophy and History (Including Foundation Year)

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy and History (Including Foundation Year)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Philosophy
History
BA VV51
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
15/04/2017

UK and EU applicants should have, or expect to have:

72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent.

Examples of the above tariff may include:

  • A-levels: DDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP

Essex Pathways Department accepts a wide range of qualifications from applicants. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

Essex Pathways Department is unable to accept applications from international students. Foundation pathways for international students are available at the University of Essex International College and are delivered and awarded by Kaplan, in partnership with the University of Essex. Successful completion will enable you to progress to the relevant degree course at the University of Essex.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. 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 required. 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

Our Year 0 courses are only open to UK and EU applicants. If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to your chosen 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.

External Examiners

Dr Thomas Joseph Stern
University College London
Senior Lecturer

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 2019 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
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
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 0 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 IA118-3-FY or IA108-3-FY or IA111-3-FY or IA101-3-FY Core with Options 30
02 IA118-3-FY or IA108-3-FY or IA111-3-FY or IA101-3-FY Core with Options 30
03 IA195-3-FY Research and Academic Development Skills Core 30
04 IA121-3-FY Philosophy: Fundamental Questions, Major Thinkers Core 30

Year 1 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 PY111-4-FY Introduction to Philosophy Core 30
02 HR100-4-FY or HR111-4-FY Core with Options 30
03 PY113-4-FY or CS101-4-FY or Option(s) from list or Outside Option(s) Optional 30
04 HR101-4-AU or Option(s) from list or Outside Option(s) Optional 30
05 CS711-4-FY Skills for University Studies Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HR211-5-AU Approaches to History Compulsory 15
02 Philosophy option(s) from list Optional 30
03 Recommend PY400-5-AU or Philosophy option(s) from list Optional 15
04 CS200-5-AU or CS712-5-FY and History option from list Optional 15
05 HR231-5-SU and/or History option(s) from list Optional 30
06 Recommend PY437-5-SP or Philosophy option Optional 15

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 PY455-6-SU Philosophy Capstone Module Compulsory 30
02 Final year History option(s) from list Optional 30
03 Final year Philosophy or History option(s) from list Optional 30
04 Final year Philosophy or History option from list Optional 15
06 Philosophy option from list Optional 15

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 sound academic grounding in the disciplines of philosophy and history.

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

To equip students with a range of subject-specific skills fostered by the study of philosophy and history, preparing them for subsequent research or further study.

To develop students' general intellectual capacities for independent thought and critical reflection with a view to enhancing their future professional and personal trajectories.

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

It is the intention of the Departments 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 and understanding of philosophical texts from a variety of traditions (analytic and continental) and/or of a range of historical and social developments in European and extra-European' history in the early modern and/or modern eras.
A2 Knowledge and understanding of significant figures, themes, problems and philosophical systems in the history of philosophy and/or of thematic historical topics
A3 Knowledge and understanding of major issues currently being debated by philosophers and those at the interface between philosophy and history.
A4 Command of techniques of philosophical reasoning and of philosophical method, embracing diverse approaches and/or of key concepts and fundamental principles of historical analysis, such as concepts of continuity, change and comparative analysis.
A5 Knowledge and understanding of sources and methods available for historical research.
Learning Methods: Outcomes A1-A5 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 independent use of all library resources (databases, books, articles) in writing coursework and preparing for examinations.
Assessment Methods: Outcomes A1-A5 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

Coursework in history consists of essays, document analysis and a self-reflexive journal (which includes a review). Coursework in philosophy 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, as well as individual and group oral presentations. Coursework is prepared during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written or oral feedback for the student.

Most examinations consist of essay-based questions, but the examination for PY114 includes logic exercises. 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.

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 Capacity to summarise complex and demanding texts, and to assess critically the strengths and weaknesses of the views they propose.
B3 Ability to gather and assimilate large amounts of information and data (both primary and secondary), and analyse such material for deployment in reasoned argument, with use of historical evidence and philosophical tools appropriate to the discipline.
B4 Capacity to identify underlying issues in various kinds of debate, philosophical or historical, and to highlight deficiencies such as unquestioned assumptions, superficial analogies and unsubstantiated claims.
B5 Capacities for abstract discursive reasoning and, where relevant, for historical explanation and interpretation.
B6 Capacity to reconstruct the mentalities of past societies and/or to engage in history of ideas.
Learning Methods: Skills B1-B6 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-B6 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

Coursework and examinations are as described above under A (Knowledge and Understanding).

C: Practical skills

C1 Ability to write an analysis assimilating complex arguments and significant amounts of data, expressing oneself clearly and with argumentative cogency.
C2 Ability to abstract and synthesize relevant information from a range of primary and secondary sources, using printed, internet and - if required - archival sources.
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-C4 are acquired and developed primarily by the preparation for and writing of coursework, in conjunction with feedback on essays, guidance given in teaching, and discussion with the lecturer during class and office hours.

Assessment Methods: Outcomes C1-C4 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

Coursework and examinations are as described above under A (Knowledge and Understanding).

D: Key skills

D1 Ability to produce fluent and effective communication, both oral and written.
D2 Use of relevant information technology to research and present written work.
D4 Ability to identify precisely the problem to be solved, to articulate critically the underlying assumptions relevant to the problem, to analyse presuppositions and operative concepts, to analyse data and distinguish relevant from irrelevant detail, to compare and critically assess different and possibly contradictory solutions to a problem and identify their respective costs, to provide argument and evidence in defence of one's preferred solution or interpretation.
D6 Ability to organize one's reading, thinking and writing in relation to specific topics, to work independently, to work to a deadline, to learn from written feedback on coursework and oral communication from teachers.
Learning Methods: Skills D1,2,4 & 6 are acquired and developed through the teaching and learning methods described above, including class/seminar discussions.

Students are encouraged to use the University key skills on-line package.

They are expected to make routine use of word processing packages, library searches, internet philosophy and history resources, and email, as part of effective course participation.

The use of word-processing, electronic library catalogues and other relevant electronic bibliographic resources, and the use and interpretation of relevant material via the internet is introduced in the first year.
Students build on these skills in subsequent years.

Where relevant, students are encouraged to use, present or evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form.
Assessment Methods: Outcomes D1,2,4 & 6 are assessed through continuous coursework, including class/seminar performance, and unseen written examinations.

Coursework consists of essays, and in the case of History, document analysis and a self-reflexive journal (which includes a review), 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.

The coursework journal for HR211 requires students to reflect on their progress.

For those students who elect to write a dissertation (HR831), the outcomes are reinforced through the process of researching and writing a substantial independent study.


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