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School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

BA Philosophy

Programme code:BA-PHILUCAS code:V500
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Gerald Lang Contact address:g.r.lang@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

AAB at A-level.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

QAA Philosophy Benchmark Statement

Programme specification:

By the end of the programme students should:
1. be able to engage in reasoned discussion of often highly charged topics with people of opposing views;
2. be able to identify the underlying issues in a debate, to analyse complex problems and to detect relevance and irrelevance;
3. be able to construct a reasoned argument for a point of view, and to present it in clear, structured prose;
4. display openness and independence of mind: be receptive to new ideas and approaches, and be able to subject them to critical scrutiny;
5. be able to read and analyse complex texts, and be sensitive to issues of interpretation;
6. display knowledge and understanding of some central theories and arguments in general philosophy, applied philosophy and the history of philosophy;
7. have first-hand experience f the writings of some major philosophers;
8. be able to engage in informed reflection on their own lives and place in the world, and on the presuppositions of other people, other times and other disciplines.

Graduates in Philosophy find a wide variety of careers in teaching, accountancy, the law, commerce, management, journalism and publishing, education, etc.

Each year, some students continue to take postgraduate degrees in Philosophy and related areas.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HPSC1040Introduction to the History of Scientific Thought10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1001Introduction to Philosophy10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1002Introduction to Ethics10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1003Introduction to Political Philosophy10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1005The Mind10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1007Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1008Introduction to Logic10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1009Introduction to Philosophy of Science10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1025Introduction to Academic Skills for Philosophy5 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1040I Think Therefore I Am: The Philosophy of Descartes10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1060Interpreting Philosophical Texts10 creditsSemester 2

Elective modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits of elective modules.


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study and pass at least 20 credits from each of the following 5 groups of Core Modules:

Logic & Language

PHIL2121Introduction to the Philosophy of Language20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2122Formal Logic20 creditsSemester 1

History of Philosophy

PHIL2212History of Modern Philosophy: Leibniz and Hume20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2221Ancient Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1

Value Philosophy

PHIL2321Political Philosophy20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2322Moral Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1

Mind & Knowledge

PHIL2402Topics in Epistemology: Theory and Evidence20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2422Topics in Epistemology: Knowledge and Justification20 creditsSemester 1

Metaphysical Philosophy

PHIL2521Realism and Antirealism20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2542Introduction to Metaphysics20 creditsSemester 2

Additional Modules
Candidates' remaining 20 credits should be made up of any combination of the following Additional Modules, and elective modules.

HPSC2111Reading Texts in the History of Ideas20 creditsSemester 1
HPSC2115Introduction to Reading Texts in the History of Ideas10 creditsSemester 1
HPSC2307Science, Culture and Society in the Industrial Age20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2295Ethics of Life and Death10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2532Philosophy of Religion20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2999Philosophy Students into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

HPSC 2111 and HPSC 2115 are mutually exclusive.

Elective modules:

Candidates may choose to take up to 20 credits of electives at level 2. Over levels 2 and 3 combined candidates are permitted to take a maximum of 40 elective credits.


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits in total, including at least 100 credits in Level 3 modules and a minimum of 80 credits from the following Core Modules:

Dissertations

PHIL3020Dissertation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHIL3030Dissertation30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHIL3040Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

PHIL3030 and PHIL3040 can be taken only after consultation with Dissertation Committee Chair. Candidates not taking a dissertation must make up the credits from the core and additional modules listed below and NOT electives

Logic & Language

PHIL3121Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Language20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3123Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics20 creditsSemester 2

History of Philosophy

PHIL3111Schopenhauer & Nietzsche20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3220Hume20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3690Medieval Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1

Value Philosophy

PHIL3321Metaethics20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3322Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3721Advanced Topics in Value Theory20 creditsSemester 1

Mind, Knowledge

PHIL3421Philosophy of Mind20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3424Advanced Topics in Knowledge, Mind and Action20 creditsSemester 2

Metaphysical Philosophy

PHIL3522The Structure of Reality20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3542Advanced Topics in Metaphysics20 creditsSemester 2

Philosophy of Science

PHIL3201Realism and Representation in Science20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3311Introduction to Philosophy of Biology10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3320Philosophy of Biology20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates remaining credits should be made up of any combination of Core Modules, Additional Modules and Elective modules. The following modules are 'Additional modules':

PHIL3010Proctoring10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHIL3700Feminist Philosophy20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3722Philosophy and Literature20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3855Philosophical Issues in Technology20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3170Religion, Belief and Ethics20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3390Philosophy and the Spiritual Life20 creditsSemester 2

Candidates may also chose from the following Independent Learning modules. Note: Single Honours students may take a maximum of 40 credits of Independent Learning modules, including their Dissertation

PHIL3911Independent Study10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3912Independent Study10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3920Independent Study20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Elective modules:

Candidates may choose to take up to 40 credits of electives at level 3. Over levels 2 and 3 combined candidates are permitted to take a maximum of 40 elective credits.

Last updated: 08/07/2014

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