BA Philosophy and Social Policy
(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)
On completion of the Joint Honours Degree programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed subject knowledge and professional competencies some of which will be informed by recent research/scholarship in the discipline;- deploy accurately standard techniques of analysis and enquiry within the discipline;- demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument;- describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship;- appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in the disciplines;- make appropriate use of scholarly reviews and primary sources;- apply their knowledge and understanding by initiating and carrying out an extended piece of work or project;- conform to professional boundaries and norms where applicable.On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of being able to:- use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities, ie> assess arguments and detect irrelevance;> construct and defend their own point of view;> discuss that point of view in a reasoned fashion;> write focussed and structured essays;> show familiarity with some basic concepts, problems and arguments in some central areas of the discipline;- be able to communicate the results of their work (the proctorial system trains students to prepare a product in the proctorial for communication to the tutor at the tutorial, across 4 modules)- function as a member of the School, be familiar with its methods; know how to make it work for them; and take responsibility for their future learning within it- demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the discipline; (First Level courses are in four sub-disciplines: logic, history, metaphysics and ethics)- appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners (the proctorial system is structured so as to require active learning methods - students seen as self-evaluators, planners and organisers of their own activity within the structure).On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:- demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of the discipline;- use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities i.e.- be able to communicate the results of their work- present a structured and coherent simple argument- be able to interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of the discipline- evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative data- demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the discipline;- appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners;- demonstrate an awareness of professional and disciplinary boundaries.
Transferable (key) skills
The programme provides opportunities for students to practise and develop:- the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied;- the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;- analytical and critical thinking;- the deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;- the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;- the ability to undertake further training of a professional or equivalent nature where appropriate.Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied (Communication, Group Work, Problem solving, Use of IT);- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility (Learning to Learn, Self Management).Students will have had the opportunity to acquire as defined in the modules specified for the programme:- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied;- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility.
The achievement of the programme outcomes will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the disciplines;- work that draws on a wide variety of material associated with the disciplines;- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the disciplines;- work that is both evaluative and creative.Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will typically include:1. demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline;2. work that covers a restricted area of the discipline;3. demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies.