The Philosophy of Religion strand examines the big questions and debates between philosophy and religion, including whether religion is credible or harmful. Other philosophy modules go beyond religion to look at the history of philosophy and questions raised by philosophers about the mind, knowledge, politics and ideology.
In ethics and Society and the ethics strand of the programme at Level 4, you will look in-depth at a wide range of ethical theories and debates, including applications to contemporary issues. You will also do a module looking at beliefs, practices and texts in a range of religions.
At the end of Year 1, you will participate in workshops and a placement in which you apply the skills you’ve gained in the classroom to the workplace, 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, ethics and religion, with a strong skillset, prepared to pursue your own interests.
In your second year you will begin to develop your own interests and specialisms. Philosophy modules look at understandings of the person in modern philosophy. Topics include freedom, the meaning of life, death, emotions, and the contribution of philosophy to psychiatry. They also explore the person in relation to religious questions, asking about faith, the soul and the existential impact of belief in God. Further modules explore the impact of technology on the person and society: what is it to be a person in a digital age dominated by the rise of technology.
Modules in ethics explore issues particularly associated with the person and the body and social issues raised in the social teaching of the Catholic Church. All modules include a particular focus on the question ‘who am I?’
Other modules may include a wide range of religions, including Christianity, Islam and Eastern religions, and cover the practices, texts and philosophies of religions, as well as the ways in which religions have affected and been affected by politics, for example in helping to resolve or to escalate conflicts.
In your final year you will become the scholars and will engage with cutting edge contemporary debates. Philosophy modules look at the future of philosophical inquiry, including how we might understand religion and politics in the light of the huge shifts in society and culture over the past 50 years. Modules like Science and Religion explore the debate about whether religious faith is compatible with contemporary scientific worldviews. The ethical strand will allow you to choose from a wide range of important ethical issues, including business ethics, sports ethics, animal ethics, the ethics of surveillance and the media, to develop your own ethical positions. The modules on world religions continue this focus on current and future issues, looking, for example, at the ways in which religions respond to and effect social change.
You will also work individually with a lecturer to plan, research and write a dissertation on an area of your choosing, becoming a scholar in philosophy, ethics and religion yourself.