BA Philosophy and Politics
(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)
On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of being able to:a) Recognise the formal structures underlying valid arguments;b) Demonstrate a basic knowledge of philosophy within some of the main areas of the discipline, including epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and science;c) Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the nature of philosophical thought and methodology;d) Demonstrate a basic ability to express their own views, and appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners;e) Demonstrate grasp of basic concepts and theories relevant to understanding and explaining political processes;f) Demonstrate grasp of the basic fundamentals of political systems;g) Critically appraise key aspects of political systems and political concepts;h) Present structured arguments which develop sustained evaluation of key debates concerning political processes;i) Generate and support their own interpretation of political events or processes;j) Access and utilise key readings within the discipline of political analysis and cognate disciplines where appropriate.
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, ability to assess arguments, ability to evaluate competing interpretations, ability to construct and defend their own view, ability to work with others, and use of IT);> Skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility (learning to learn, ability to organise time and submit work to deadlines, awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses).
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 knowledge and application of standard philosophical concepts, theories and methodology (such as basic argument forms);2. Demonstrating a basic understanding of some of the main areas of philosophy (typically epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and science, and selected major philosophical thinkers);3. Demonstrating emerging philosophical abilities, skills and competencies (to articulate and defend their own view, and apply key tools of philosophical analysis);4. Evaluating aspects of political systems, processes and theories/concepts;5. Critically assess key political issues.