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BA Philosophy

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme students should have:
a) Acquired an advanced appreciation of philosophical analysis and so developed the skill of more independent analysis and construction of arguments
b) The ability to understand and critically engage (through advanced analysis) with the writings of some major philosophers in both contemporary theory and the history of philosophy
c) The ability to specialise and so apply their knowledge of philosophical concepts, theories and arguments to a more focused range of topics in their chosen area in which they can demonstrate advanced understanding and analysis
d) The ability to engage in informed reflection on their own lives and place in the world
e) The ability to identify and reflect on the presuppositions of specific disciplines and practices, such as art, politics, the physical, life and social sciences, as part of more focused study
f) The ability to apply their more advanced understanding of philosophical concepts and methodologies to their own views, thus developing those views to a higher level of sophistication

Transferable (key) skills

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 area(s) studied;
- skills necessary for the communication of information;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility and decision making.


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 include:

- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline;
- work that draws on a wide variety of material;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
- demonstrating a broad knowledge base;
- evidencing in-depth investigation.


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