The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Philosophy BA (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time single honours programme within the Philosophy subject area.
- Subject area: Philosophy
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: V500
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Single
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 3 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
What is philosophy? Why is it important? Is it relevant? As a student of Philosophy at Kent, you do not so much learn about philosophy as learn to do it yourself. This includes not only studying major philosophies and philosophers, but also contributing your own ideas to an ongoing dialogue. You develop the ability to connect the most abstract ideas to the most concrete things in our experience.
Philosophy at Kent is a top-rated teaching department that was awarded the maximum score in its most recent teaching assessment. We have a thriving research culture with internationally recognised experts, and interests range from philosophers such as Hegel, Kant and Wittgenstein to topics such as philosophy of mind, ethics, aesthetics, logic, political philosophy, metaphysics and artificial intelligence.
You take four core 15-credit modules.Core modules
- Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics
- Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Metaphysics
- Philosophical Reading and Writing
- Philosophical Thinking
Plus for single honours at least one other 15-credit module from:
- Self and Society.
You have a choice of modules drawn from the wide range offered by the Faculty of Humanities.
You take a range of the following modules.
- Advanced Topics in Mind and Language
- Alternative Theories of Knowledge
- Contemporary Theory of Knowledge
- Greek Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle
- Hegel and Marx
- Justice, Violence and the State
- Knowledge and Metaphysics: Descartes-Kant
- Metaphysics, Truth and Relativism
- Normative Ethics
- Philosophical Hermeneutics
- Philosophical Issues in Quantum Mechanics
- Philosophy Dissertation
- Philosophy Extended Essay
- Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
- Philosophy of Language
- Philosophy of Logic
- Philosophy of Medicine
- Philosophy of Mind
- Philosophy of Religion
- Philosophy of Science
- Political Philosophy
Plus other modules drawn from a wide range in the Faculty of Humanities.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching is by lectures, seminars, class discussions, and individual and group research, which is discussed in class.
Modules in Stage 1 are assessed by 100% coursework (essays, in-class assignments, seminar participation) in the first half of the year, with a combination of coursework and examination in the second half of the year. Modules for Stages 2/3 are assessed by 100% coursework (essays, in-class assignments, seminar participation).
Through your studies, you gain the key transferable skills considered essential by graduate employers. These include excellent communication skills, both written and oral, the ability to work in a team and independently, the ability to analyse and summarise complex material and devise innovative and well thought-out solutions.
Recently, our graduates have gone into areas such as teaching, publishing, journalism, media, marketing, the civil service and the legal profession.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 50%, including 60% in academic skills, guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
ABB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 16 points at Higher.
None, although A level Philosophy grade B where taken.
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