What is freedom? What makes a state legitimate? You’ll explore questions that have challenged philosophers and political theorists throughout history on this BA Philosophy and Politics degree. Compulsory modules give a grounding in both subjects, while optional modules include topics like international relations, 21st century crises and Ancient Greek philosophy. You'll develop an understanding of philosophical questions such as ethics, reason and responsibility, and explore fundamental and far-reaching issues about human welfare and social justice, political ideas and political realities. You’ll learn in small groups in a relaxed and friendly environment. Our academic staff's research feeds into the course content. Our digital humanities facilities will allow you to study and research through cutting-edge technology, such as virtual reality, 3D scanners and printers, and a 360 degree fully immersive audiovisual centre. Supported by an expert team, these technologies will enable you to start making and exploring in new and immersive ways. *Subject to programme review for September 2024 entry
You will study a variety of topics that cover the fundamental aspects of Philosophy and Politics, and you will have the opportunity to tailor your course to your interests by choosing some of your modules. Just some of the modules you may study include: Ethics; Introduction to International Relations; Introduction to Political Theory; Mind and World; Political Systems; Reason and Argument. For further module information visit: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/philosophy-and-politics-degree-ba#modules
On this course you will learn through a range of activities that may include lectures, classes and tutorials, coursework, individual and group projects, and independent learning (studying on your own). You will be able to demonstrate what you have learnt through a variety of assessment methods, such as debates, essays, oral presentations, developing websites, dissertations, individual and group projects, written and practical exams. You’ll be supported by a personal academic tutor who will offer support and advice throughout your studies. You will also receive feedback throughout your course, enabling you to identify areas for improvement before your work is formally assessed.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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We welcome applicants with other qualifications eg. European Baccalaureate. You will be expected to attain an A level equivalent standard. The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales). Some degree subjects stipulate specific additional GCSE minimum grades, which will be specified as part of the individual degree programme entry requirements. For more details on the suitability of your qualifications or foundation programme please contact the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Admissions Team at [email protected]
English language requirements
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All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.
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