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BA Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science

Year 2

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of key concepts, texts, theories and techniques in central areas of all three disciplines (philosophy; philosophy of science; history of science);
2. See interconnections between the three disciplines;
3. Demonstrate further development of their skills of philosophical argument assessment and apply those skills to a wider range of philosophical writings;
4. Demonstrate understanding of a wider range of primary philosophical texts and interpretations of those texts;
5. Demonstrate a more developed understanding of the nature of philosophical thought and methodology;
6. Demonstrate independent thought and more effectively articulate and defend their own view.

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 (communication both written and verbal, problem solving, teamwork, ability to assess arguments, theories and concepts, ability to construct and defend their own view, ability to research, ability to complete tasks to deadline, and use of IT);
> Skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility (learning to learn, self-management, awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses, strategies to improve their skills).


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:
1. Demonstrating a more developed ability to apply the skills of philosophical argument assessment in order to enhance their understanding of theories, arguments, and topics;
2. Demonstrating understanding of a greater range of concepts, theories, methodologies, arguments, and topics;
3. Demonstrating the ability to see connections between different areas of philosophy;
4. Demonstrating the ability to more effectively construct and defend their own view, and engage in independent research.


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