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About the course
Is democracy broken? Can we achieve environmental justice? Should sexist media content be banned?
The big questions facing society are both political and philosophical. The political arena is guided by big ideas, so bringing the rigour of philosophy to your political thinking will have great benefits for you, the political animal. That could be you as a citizen with a vote, as a politician campaigning for office, or as an activist trying to change the terms of the debate. At UEA you will work with world experts in both politics and philosophy, choosing options from a range of fascinating historical and contemporary areas in philosophy and in political theory, including international relations.
Our Philosophy and Politics degree is designed to allow you to engage equally with both disciplines or to swing the degree slightly more to one or the other subject. You have a wide choice of modules in each.
Furthermore, you won’t just study each subject separately; you will also be invited to bring them together. The philosophy experts at UEA are particularly engaged in issues that relate to the future of our planet – and to future generations. Western intellectual and cultural heritage, from the Ancient Greeks to the great works of political thought, literature, cinema and art, are other areas of philosophical focus here too. Then, with our experts in political theory, you will study democracy’s philosophical underpinnings, the clash between different world views, and the philosophical basis of utopian political systems.
Taught by academic leaders in their fields, you’ll be able to choose from a range of fascinating historical and contemporary areas in both philosophy and in politics, including international relations. You’ll come to understand why philosophy is so central to politics – and why all politicians should have a better grasp of it. After all, politicians and commentators are often let down by sloppy thinking, their inability to detect and deflect the shoddy rhetoric of the interviewers, or their simple misunderstandings of basic distinctions: traps that someone who had studied philosophy wouldn’t fall into.
By year two you’ll be ready to decide which aspects of Philosophy and Politics you want to pursue further, depending on your interests and talents. You can take either equal numbers of modules in each subject or weight it a little in one direction or the other. You will take one compulsory keystone module, Philosophy of History and Politics for Second Years, which will invite you to combine the skills, methods and concepts from philosophy and politics. If this proves interesting to you, you can choose to follow it up with the complementary module in the following year, Philosophy of History and Politics for Third Years.
In your final year you’ll also have the opportunity to take research-led special subject modules or to write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing.
Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: www.uea.ac.uk
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||Excludes BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration.|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 0 credits
M: 45 credits
|Humanities or Social Sciences pathway preferred. Other pathways are acceptable, please contact the University directly for further information.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||31 points||If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||CCC|
GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website www.uea.ac.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)|
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing). We will also accept a number of other English Language qualifications. Please check our website for details.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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