The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Philosophy and Sociology BA (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time joint honours programme within the Philosophy subject area.
- Subject area: Philosophy
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: LVH5
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Joint
- 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.
As this is a joint honours programme, you may find it useful to read both of the following subject leaflets for more information:
As this is a joint honours subject, please see both subject leaflets below for more details about the modules you may take:
Please contact us if you have any queries (Contacts are listed under the 'Further information' tab).
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).
On average, you have four hours of lectures and up to four hours of seminars each week. We also run a tutorial scheme in which students are supervised on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Most modules also involve individual study using library resources and, where relevant, computer assisted learning packages. If you are taking modules involving computing or learning a language, you have additional workshop time.
Most Sociology modules are assessed by a variety of methods, including examination and coursework, each of which counts for 50% of the final mark. The dissertation, usually done at Stage 3, is assessed without examination. Marks from Stages 2 and 3 and for your year abroad all count towards your final degree result. Stage 1 results do not count towards the final mark, but entry to Stage 2 depends on passing Stage 1.
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.
Through your study you gain many of the transferable skills essential for success in the graduate employment market. These include planning and organisation, the ability to work independently and in groups, to lead and to support others, and to analyse complex information and make it accessible to non-specialist readers.
Our graduates go into a variety of areas such as marketing, recruitment consultancy, the Prison Service, teaching, banking and financial services, and further study.
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.
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 60% 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.
Philosophy grade B where taken.