Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Including Foundation Year)

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Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Including Foundation Year)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Philosophy
BA VV58
12/06/2017

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

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.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

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.

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.

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 0 - 2019/20

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

Year 1 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 PY111-4-FY Introduction to Philosophy Core 30
02 PY113-4-FY Death, God and the Meaning of Life Compulsory 30
03 PY114-4-FY or Outside option(s) from list Optional 30
04 CS101-4-FY 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 PY407-5-AU Philosophy and Religion Compulsory 15
02 PY408-5-AU Ethics Compulsory 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 CS200-5-AU or (CS712-5-FY and Philosophy option) Optional 15
06 PY437-5-SP or Philosophy option from list Compulsory with Options 15

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 PY427-6-SP Topics in the Philosophy of Religion Compulsory 15
02 PY428-6-AU Philosophy and Medical Ethics Compulsory 15
03 PY455-6-SU Philosophy Capstone Module Compulsory 30
04 Philosophy options from list Optional 30
05 Philosophy options 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 sound curriculum of philosophical study, with a special focus on the philosophy of religion and ethics.

To enable students to engage in an informed and rigorous way with hotly contested issues of great moment in public and personal life.

To familiarize students with essential philosophical concepts and theories, and especially in the philosophy of religion and ethics.

To expose students to a wide range of texts and other philosophical resources, especially in the history of thought about religion and ethics.

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

To provide students with the skills required for further study or career development.

All the outcomes listed below represent the minimum that might be expected of a graduate of the Department of Philosophy of the University of Essex.

It is the intention of the Department 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.