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2021/22 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: 360

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 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.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHIL1080The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1090Knowledge, Self and Reality20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1120Great Philosophical Thinkers20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL1250How to Think Clearly and Argue Well20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

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

HPSC1015Magic, Science and Religion10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC1030History of Psychology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC1046Introduction to the History of Science10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC1050Darwin, Germs and the Bomb10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC1080History of Modern Medicine10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1005The Mind10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1007Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL1109How Science Works10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2122Formal Logic20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2405Introduction to Epistemology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2542Introduction to Metaphysics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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 studied either MUSS 2529 or PHIL1120.

CSER2207Students Into Schools (Arts Humanities and Culture)20 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS2520Aesthetics and Criticism20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PHIL2212History of Modern Philosophy: Leibniz and Hume20 creditsNot running in 202122
PHIL2221Ancient Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2232History of Modern Philosophy: Locke and Berkeley20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2295Ethics of Life and Death10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2321Political Philosophy20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2322Moral Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2532Philosophy of Religion20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2600Philosophical Issues in Biology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2611How Biology Works10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2999Philosophy Students into Schools20 creditsNot running in 202122
PRHS2333Thinking About Race10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PRHS2450A Key Thinker in Philosophy of Religion: In Dialogue20 creditsNot running in 202122
PRHS2451Augustine of Hippo: A Key Thinker in Philosophy and Theology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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.

Candidates may also choose to study the following optional module.

CSER2206Developing Your Professional Identity: Preparing for a Career in Within The Arts, Heritage and Creative Industries20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)


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 (Sep to Jun)
PRHS3001Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

PHIL3112Kant20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3123Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3320Philosophy of Biology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3321Metaethics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3322Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3421Philosophy of Mind20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3700Feminist Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3723War, Terror and Justice20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3855Philosophical Issues in Technology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3865Philosophy of the Social Sciences20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PRHS3100Existentialism and Phenomenology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PRHS3170Religion, Belief and Ethics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PRHS3300Religion and Mental Health20 creditsNot running in 202122

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.

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