Year 1 provides you with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in philosophy and history.
Philosophy modules consider the big issues and debates, looking at how these have emerged in the history of philosophy and studying questions raised by philosophers about the religion, God, mind, knowledge, politics and ideology. Ethics and Society looks at a range of social and ethical debates, including applications to contemporary issues.
History modules provide you with the skills to conduct your own historical research and inquiry, using documents, images, and digital records, also considering the ways in which historians interpret key events and debate their causes and their subsequent influences.
At the end of Year 1, you participate in a placement in which you apply the skills you’ve gained in a professional context, providing you with valuable work experience.
Throughout these modules you receive continual feedback, helping you to develop your thinking and approach. You will have a solid foundation in philosophy and history, with a strong skillset, prepared to pursue your own interests.
Year 2 allows you to begin to develop your own interests and specialisms. Philosophy modules explore understandings of the person in modern philosophy. Topics include freedom, the meaning of life, death, emotions, religion and the contribution of philosophy to psychiatry. Further modules explore artificial intelligence and transhumanism, i.e. technology’s impact on social structures and the person, and the concept of human dignity in the face of new developments in scientific and medical research.
In the second year History modules, you will have the opportunity to study themes and topics in greater detail, as you learn to become an independent historian in your own right. You will be encouraged to define your own particular topics of study, and you will engage in in-depth analysis of periods and events, using more advanced historical approaches and methods. You will learn how to analyse historical statistics and to present your findings in sophisticated visual formats. You continue to develop your employability skills with workshops and a placement, giving you a taste of various careers.
In Year 3, you have greater scope to define your topics and choose your approaches, as an intendent learner, engaging with cutting edge contemporary debates.
You will work individually with a lecturer to plan, research and write a dissertation and have the option to negotiate a suitable work-based learning project to gain some great professional experience and a stronger sense of the kind of jobs your degree will offer you. Additional option modules have been designed to enable you to integrate your historical and philosophical knowledge.
You can explore the history of political thought; the complex relationship between science and religion since the nineteenth century, and a wide range of social and ethics issues (including the role of ethics in business, surveillance, media, and animal welfare).