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BA English and Philosophy

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)

Learning outcomes

In addition to the outcomes achieved in Years 1 & 2, on completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate a familiarity with the main concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of two disciplines;
- use generic and subject specific intellectual qualities i.e.
present a structured and coherent argument;
have knowledge of critical terminology;
have knowledge of linguistic terminology (if language modules are selected);
- have experience of a large amount of English literature from a wide range of periods and places, including study of periods before and after 1800;
- have an awareness of the importance of the literary, cultural and socio-historical contexts in which literature is written and read;
- have a basic knowledge of the structure of English, and how to apply concepts of the structure and history of English to analysis of texts(if language modules are selected);
- develop and use critical skills;
- develop analytical skills and apply them to texts.

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.

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 at graduate level entry;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;
- skills for good decision-making;
- skills necessary for the communication of information.


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 knowledge and application of concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline;
- demonstrating the ability to construct an argument;
- demonstrating knowledge of two disciplines;
- demonstrating the ability to be critical of scholarly work;
- 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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