What are the ideas and beliefs that drive the world? How can we live ethical lives in a high-tech multicultural society? And how will we confront the challenges of the twenty-first century? On our BA (Hons) Philosophy and Ethics course, you will have the chance to explore these questions and more as you dive into the fundamental issues of truth, reality, existence and ethics. Our internationally-recognised academic staff help you to engage with the history of ideas to understand the major issues of today so that we can think creatively about the challenges of tomorrow. You will be joining a community of people passionate about exploring profound ethical questions, the limits of knowledge, the existence of God and the possibility of justice. Our BA (Hons) Philosophy and Ethics degree examines the key ideas that shape contemporary society: truth, freedom and the nature of reality. You will explore the development of these ideas in classic philosophical texts while developing your ability to craft arguments and engage in debate.
The degree builds upon your A-Level studies to develop your knowledge, understanding and expertise. You will study the most important thinkers and ideas in philosophy and ethics. Year One In your first year, you will be introduced to fundamental philosophical ideas, such as the existence of truth, the concept of the ‘subject’, faith and reason, and the relationship between religion and violence. You will also be given a grounding of key ideas from the realms of politics and law as you consider their place within contemporary society. Year Two In your second year, you will begin to mould your degree around your interests. You will begin to examine the application of philosophy and ethics to a range of contemporary and relevant issues, such as climate change and the environment, political extremism, freedom and justice, bio-ethics, and issues of race and gender. Year Three By your final year, you will have a strong sense of what area you would like to focus on for your final dissertation project. Alongside your thesis, you will have the opportunity to explore more specific aspects of Philosophy and Ethics, including: the politics of twentieth century European dictators, British culture wars, political theology, and the relationship between religion, sexuality and gender.
You will be asked to undertake a variety of tasks, many of which will be useful in your future careers. You will be asked to write essays as you might expect, but you might also write book reviews, reviews of films, write reports on projects, make a video, construct an exhibition and make presentations. We will give you feedback as you go along, meaning you don’t have to wait until the end of term to know whether you have succeeded or not. You will get a lot of support so there is no need to worry about assessment.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Candidates may request an interview at which they may receive a revised, more targeted offer. • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5
English language requirements
|No component less than 5.5
|50-57 and no lower than 50-57 in each component
|At least: 18 in Reading 17 in Listening 20 in Speaking 17 in Writing
Qualifications recognised for English language proficiency
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