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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Philosophy and Politics

Programme code:BA-PHIL&POLIUCAS code:LV25
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Victor Dura-Vila Contact address:v.dura-vila@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 & History of Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Philosophy, Religion & History of Science

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The programme will:
- enable students to work across more than one discipline by providing the flexibility to study three disciplines at level one;
- allow the study of two disciplines to the same depth as any single honours student but with less breadth in each discipline;
- provide a basis for further advanced study in either of the disciplines or in a cognate interdisciplinary area.

General
- The distinctiveness, appeal and strength of University of Leeds joint honours programmes lie in the unusual combination of depth, breadth and flexibility which they offer, as well as in the exceptional range of degree combinations available.
- They permit students to study two disciplines, in depth and to degree level while acquiring a broader range of skills than is typically possible within a single honours degree.
- They are emphatically joint honours programmes, rather than integrated programmes: students can therefore make the links they choose from the wide choice of optional modules available within each discipline. Within certain parameters, they thus effectively make connections and devise pathways according to their own preferences, rather than being faced with a prescribed combination of modules chosen for them by others.
- The students must acquire the flexibility of mind and variety of learning techniques needed to switch between the two disciplines.
- A further element of distinctiveness is the flexibility of the programme structure, which allows joint honours students to change direction more easily, and more radically, than single honours students.
- Many of these programmes also allow the opportunity to undertake a work placement, field work or study abroad.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Students must study 125 credits.

In level 1, students are required to pass a minimum of 45 credits in Philosophy and 40 credits in Politics. The further 40 credits may consist of elective modules in a third subject or may consist of further modules in one or both main subjects. Students must pass 100 credits and all core modules as identified in the programme.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHIL1250How to Think Clearly and Argue Well20 creditsSemester 1
PIED1110Comparative Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1601Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas20 creditsSemester 1
PRHS1025Introduction to Academic Skills5 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates must choose at least one of the following modules:

PHIL1080The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1090Knowledge, Self and Reality20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1120Great Philosophical Thinkers20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates may spend some or all of their discovery credits on 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
PIED1100British Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1201Global Development Challenges20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1212Making of the Modern World20 creditsSemester 1
PIED1511International Politics20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


Year2 - View timetable

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

Students must study 120 credits.

Over levels 2 and 3 taken combined students must pass:

- Philosophy: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- Politics: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)

- Plus 40 credits in the named subjects and used to ensure that credits at the appropriate level for award are taken.
- Plus 40 credits in elective modules or further modules in the named subjects.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3). Students must pass at least 100 credits at Level 2 and all core modules to proceed to the next level of the programme.

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study at least 40 credits in Philosophy at Level 2, which must include at least one of the following modules:

PHIL2121Introduction to the Philosophy of Language
Pre-requisite for: PHIL3121, PHIL3123
20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2122Formal Logic
Pre-requisite for: PHIL3121, PHIL3123
20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2405Introduction to Epistemology20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2542Introduction to Metaphysics20 creditsSemester 2

Candidates may select further credits from the following modules:

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.

Candidates will be required to study one of the following Political Theory modules:

PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 2

Candidates will be required to study one of the following Government and Political Systems modules:

PIED2126The Conservative Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 1
PIED2139The Labour Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 2
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2403Comparative Politics of Pacific Asia20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates may choose to study additional credits from the following optional modules:

PIED2126The Conservative Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 1
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2403Comparative Politics of Pacific Asia20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2501Theories of International Relations20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2558Security Studies20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2711Analysing Data in Politics, Development and International Relations20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2721Approaches to Analysis20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2810Career Planning for POLIS Students20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules over both Level 2 and 3 or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


Year3 - View timetable

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

Students must study 120 credits.

Over levels 2 and 3 taken combined students must pass:

- Philosophy: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- Politics: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)

- Plus 40 credits in the named subjects and used to ensure that credits at the appropriate level for award are taken.
- Plus 40 credits in elective modules or further modules in the named subjects.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3). Students must pass at least 100 credits at Level 3 and all core modules to proceed to gain the degree.

Optional modules:

Candidates must take a final year research project in one of the named subjects.

PIED3750Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
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 are required to select at least sufficient credits from the following modules to fulfil the programme requirements.

PHIL3112Kant20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3123Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3321Metaethics20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3322Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3421Philosophy of Mind20 creditsSemester 1
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
THEO3280Religion, Politics and the Future20 creditsNot running in 201920
THEO3390Philosophy and the Spiritual Life20 creditsNot running in 201920

Candidates not taking PIED3750 will be required to study 40 credits of optional modules to be chosen from the following list of third level modules in POLIS.

PIED3158British Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3160Prime Ministers and British Politics20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3170The End of British Politics?20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3171The Politics of national identity in the UK20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3202Land, Fuel and Agriculture20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3206The Politics of Aid20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3207International Development and Social Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3261Violence and Reconciliation in Africa20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3302Extreme Right Parties in Contemporary Europe20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3310Britain and the EU20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3325Europe in the World20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3402American Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3504Critically Analysing The Responsibility to Protect20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3505Dirty War: Insurgency, the State and Cities20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3565Terrorism: Concepts, Debates, Cases20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3603Political Psychology: on Authority and Obedience20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3609Radical Political Ideas: Marx, Nietzsche, Schmitt, Foucault, Kristeva20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3702Introduction to Programming for Social Science20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3810Video Games: Politics, Society and Culture20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules over both Level 2 and 3 or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Last updated: 13/05/2019

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