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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Philosophy

Programme code:BA-PHILUCAS code:V500
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Ellen Clarke Contact address:E.Clarke@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 of 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.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Students must study 125 credits in total (a mixture of compulsory and optional or discovery modules). To pass the year they must pass 100 credits including all modules flagged as ‘PFP’.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHIL1080The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1090Knowledge, Self and Reality20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1120Great Philosophical Thinkers20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1250How to Think Clearly and Argue Well20 creditsSemester 1
PRHS1025Introduction to Academic Skills5 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates may study up to 40 credits from the following optional modules:

HPSC1015Magic, Science and Religion10 creditsSemester 2
HPSC1030History of Psychology10 creditsSemester 1
HPSC1046Introduction to the History of Science10 creditsSemester 1
HPSC1050Darwin, Germs and the Bomb10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1005The Mind10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1007Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1109How Science Works10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 40 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

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

Students must study 120 credits in total (a mixture of compulsory and optional or discovery modules). To pass the year they must pass 100 credits including all modules flagged as ‘PFP’.

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to take at least 20 credits from the following list of modules in Theoretical Philosophy:

PHIL2121Introduction to the Philosophy of Language20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2122Formal Logic20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2405Introduction to Epistemology20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2542Introduction to Metaphysics20 creditsSemester 2

Candidates must ensure that they take between 80 and 120 credits of Philosophy at this level. Their remaining credits can be taken either from other Theoretical Philosophy modules, above, or from the list of optional modules, below, or from a mixture of both lists.
Candidates taking MUSS 2520 must have studies either MUSS 2529 or PHIL1120.

MUSS2520Aesthetics and Criticism20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHIL2212History of Modern Philosophy: Leibniz and Hume20 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL2221Ancient Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2232History of Modern Philosophy: Locke and Berkeley20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2295Ethics of Life and Death10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2321Political Philosophy20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2322Moral Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2532Philosophy of Religion20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2600Philosophical Issues in Biology20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2611How Biology Works10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2999Philosophy Students into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS2333Thinking About Race10 creditsNot running in 201920
PRHS2450A Key Thinker in Philosophy of Religion: In Dialogue20 creditsSemester 1

PHIL2600 and PHIL2611 are mutually exclusive.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 40 credits of Discovery Modules over Levels 2 and 3 combined.
Up to 20 credits of these per level may be taken at the level below, but these will not count towards the 100 credits needed at each level to pass for progression/award.


Year3 - View timetable

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

Students must study 120 credits in total (a mixture of compulsory and optional or discovery modules). To pass the year they must pass 100 credits including all modules flagged as ‘PFP’.

Optional modules:

Candidates must take ONE of the following modules:

PRHS3000Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3001Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3700External Placement: Beyond the University40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates may study up to 80 credits from the following optional modules:

PHIL3112Kant20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3123Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3220Hume20 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL3320Philosophy of Biology20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3321Metaethics20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3322Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3421Philosophy of Mind20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3424Advanced Topics in Knowledge, Mind and Action20 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL3522The Structure of Reality20 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL3700Feminist Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3723War, Terror and Justice20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3855Philosophical Issues in Technology20 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL3865Philosophy of the Social Sciences20 creditsSemester 2
PRHS3100Existentialism and Phenomenology20 creditsSemester 1
PRHS3170Religion, Belief and Ethics20 creditsSemester 1
PRHS3200Moral, Rational Selves: Perspectives on Human Nature20 creditsNot running in 201920
PRHS3300Religion and Mental Health20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3390Philosophy and the Spiritual Life20 creditsNot running in 201920

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 40 credits of Discovery Modules over Levels 2 and 3 combined.
Up to 20 credits of these per level may be taken at the level below, but these will not count towards the 100 credits needed at each level to pass for progression/award.

Last updated: 23/07/2019

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