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BA Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought

Year 2

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate a broad understanding of the key concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features in a range of aspects of philosophy, HPS and psychology;
- apply generic and subject specific intellectual qualities to standard situations outside the context in which they were originally studied;
- appreciate and employ some of the main methods of enquiry in philosophy, HPS and psychology; and critically evaluate the appropriateness of some different methods of enquiry in them;
- use a range of techniques to initiate and undertake the analysis of textual and others sources of information;
- adjust to professional and disciplinary boundaries between philosophy, HPS and psychology;
- effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms: essay, seminar and examination papers.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- some elementary qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to philosophy, HPS and psychology;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;
- decision making.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year and will include:

- demonstrating the ability to apply a range of perspectives of the discipline to analyse complex, albeit standard, situations and simple, albeit novel or atypical, instances;
- work that may to some extent be descriptive in nature but drawing on a variety of analytical resources;
- demonstrating basic professional competencies relevant to philosophy, HPS and psychology;
- the ability to evaluate received opinion in philosophy, HPS and psychology.


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