Study About Entry Fees Prospects How to apply Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education Philosophy UndergraduateBA (Hons) Standard course option With a Foundation Year Year of entry: 2018 2019 UCAS code: V500 How to apply What you'll study Teaching on this programme takes a variety of forms, from large group lectures to small tutorials and intensive one-on-one supervision. You'll attend seminars on the close analysis of a single reading and large fortnightly debates on topical issues, and there'll be personal feedback and assessment review sessions plus residential problem-solving and team-building group exercises. The role of assessment is not just to test but to further develop your philosophical skills and abilities. You will engage in individual and group assessment activities, delivered orally as well as in written form and through a multitude of formats such as essays, exams, presentations, poster presentations, debates and dissertations. First year * Modules are subject to availability Core modules Introduction to Philosophy You will be introduced to some of the key issues of philosophy, covering central theories and arguments in the fields of moral, political and social philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. You'll also reflect critically on the foundations of philosophy and receive training in clear, concise and accurate expression and in the analysis, construction and evaluation of philosophical arguments. Reason, Logic and Argument You will be introduced to the main concepts and principles of formal and informal reasoning. As well as giving you an introduction to elementary logic, the module provides opportunities to gain competence and confidence applying appropriate techniques for the analysis and evaluation of arguments and cultivates disciplinary skills and understanding. Science and Society This module offers you an introduction to the history and philosophy of science, examining the nature of scientific knowledge and practice, set in its historical and social context, and in relation to some relevant contemporary controversies (e.g. the relation between naturalism and religion — particularly creationism — as well as other alternative world views) and asks whether, and how, science is different from other modes of investigating and thinking about the world. Philosophy, History and Ideology Learn how to analyse the structure of contemporary political ideologies. And discover to assess the historical interrelations between key philosophical concepts and their political implications. The Philosophy of Contemporary Thought and Culture This module introduces and explores philosophical questions and influences in their cultural setting; for example, in music, photography, art, film, digital media and entertainment, politics, and contemporary commentary. God, Evil and the Meaning of Life You will examine claims about the existence of God and the nature of religious faith. You'll consider whether religious statements are meaningful, whether the fact of pain and suffering counts strongly, or even conclusively, against the existence of God, whether religious beliefs are merely a projection of human desires, and whether the idea of life having a purpose stands and falls with a belief in God. Second year * Modules are subject to availability Core modules Moral Philosophy Some of the central theories and arguments in the fields of metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics are explored and evaluated. You study key issues such as the nature of morality, moral truth and moral epistemology, and you're encouraged to reflect critically on the foundations of morality. 20th Century Philosophy You will be introduced to some of the key philosophical movements in the recent history of philosophy, and examine the thought of important philosophical figures from different traditions, to understand the motivation for positions in contemporary philosophical debates. Contemporary Epistemology This module examines the nature of knowledge and claims to knowledge. The sort of questions that interest us include: What is knowledge? What is the difference between opinion or belief and knowledge? When are we justified in claiming to know something? What are the sources of knowledge? Is epistemology reducible to psychology or another science? Does knowing something depend on one’s viewpoint? Paths of Research Discover the full range of research techniques and skills used in the academic study of politics. This module introduces everything you'll need for conducting research in your own area of interest within the field of politics, from statistical analysis to using texts. Optional modules Theorising Gender You'll examine differing ways of theorising gender relations, looking at the basis of masculinity and femininity and how these notions are involved in the production of gendered subjectivities. Drawing on feminist sources, alongside contemporary writings on masculinity, critiques from gay and lesbian studies, and recent work on transgendering and transsexuality, recognition is given to the diversity of gendered constructions, the relationship of gender and sexuality, and the intersections of gender with other social divisions. History of Political Thought You will learn about the thought and historical context of a selection of the most important philosophers and political theorists to have written about collective power, human nature, freedom, justice, rights, community and the state, including Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Rousseau, Hegel, Green and Marx. Mind, Brain and Behaviour The relation between the mental and the physical is a long-standing philosophical issue with much contemporary relevance and interest. You'll explore the origins of the modern form of this problem in the Cartesian turn in philosophy as well as Descartes’ own attempted solution, psycho-physical dualism. Ancient Greek Philosophy You will learn how to analyse philosophical theories and arguments contained in texts of classical philosophy and explore their relevance to contemporary philosophical debates. Terrorism, War and Ethics Explore the history, evolution and political and legislative impact of terrorism, as well as ethical arguments around it. You'll uncover the history of terrorism and learn about violent political groups from the 19th century to the present day. The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment How should we think about the environment? And how should we act towards to it? You'll study environmental attitudes, the politics and ideology of environmentalism, its ethics and philosophy, pressure groups and political parties, and the principles of environmental policy. Final year * Modules are subject to availability Choose one from: Philosophy Dissertation The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to undertake your own sustained independent research project on a philosophical topic of your choice (max. 10,000 words). This allows you to examine in more depth a question or issue you may have touched upon in another module, or to explore a new question or issue not covered elsewhere in the syllabus. Philosophy Short Dissertation This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake your own independent research project on a philosophical topic of your choice (max. 5,000 words). This allows you to examine in more depth, a question or issue you may have touched upon in another module, or to explore a new question or issue not covered elsewhere in the syllabus. Optional modules Philosophy of Law You will learn how to critically explore themes on contemporary philosophy of law from different theoretical perspectives (positivist, natural law, feminist jurisprudence, law and economics). Animal Ethics: Philosophy, Politics and Law Examine and critique ethical perspectives on human use of, and interaction with, nonhuman animals. This module introduces you to a range of philosophical perspectives and the implications of these perspectives for applied animal ethics cases and for relevant political and legal contexts. Contemporary Aesthetics This module considers issues about art and beauty. Some say beauty is an act in the world. Others link beauty to pleasure in perceiving the world. Hume and Kant have subtle theories of this sort that need exploration. What is art? Is it to be analysed aesthetically or institutionally? Also considered are many interesting issues about particular arts, such as music and literature. Wittgenstein on Language, Mind, and Reality Explore Wittgenstein’s so-called ‘early’ and ‘late’ work on the nature of language and meaning, their relation to reality, and his views on the nature of philosophy. You'll examine the Tractatus Logico-philosophicus and the ‘picture theory of the proposition’, the idea that the job of language is to describe actual and possible states of affairs, and the posthumous Philosophical Investigations, in which language is seen as multi-faceted, consisting of overlapping ‘language games’, and in which “to imagine a language means to imagine a form of life”. Gender, Science and Knowledge This module provides a critical overview of the different ways of theorising the relation between gender, science, and knowledge. It explores the concepts of objectivity, rationality, and nature within scientific thinking by focusing on the gendered nature of knowledge and provides opportunities to reflect critically on the idea that that science is a cultural product, which is nonetheless not fictional. Contemporary Political Philosophy How should we reason about justice, equality, liberty and democracy? You will explore ways of thinking about these topics through critical readings of leading contemporary political philosophers. The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment How should we think about the environment? And how should we act towards to it? You'll study environmental attitudes, the politics and ideology of environmentalism, its ethics and philosophy, pressure groups and political parties, and the principles of environmental policy. Come to an open day Grab a prospectus Get in touch Admissions +44 (0)1482 466100 International Enquiries “I really liked how diverse the modules were because it meant that I could choose particular topics that interested me.” Clara Wisenfeld Paine Watch Video More about this course Philosophy has been taught at Hull since the University first opened its doors in 1927. We're consistently rated one of the UK's best programmes for student satisfaction, thanks to the expertise of our teaching staff and our focus on developing each individual student. Studying philosophy at Hull means doing philosophy, engaging with current issues and emerging philosophical challenges and, in doing so, building and employing the skills and disciplinary methods that only a training in philosophy can provide. Philosophy students at Hull will have the opportunity to take part in a continuing series of fortnightly debates in which the students join with Philosophy staff and colleagues from other areas such as Law, Medicine, Psychology, History, Film Studies and others to engage with external speakers and eminent visiting experts in order to examine the problems of the day from philosophical and other perspectives. Philosophy gives you key skills and attributes to face a challenging and ever-changing world. You'll grapple with fundamental questions about the nature of reality, consciousness and what it is to be human. You'll debate the big issues of the day, from cutting-edge genetics to artificial intelligence, and you'll be encouraged from the very start to apply your burgeoning skills and knowledge to contemporary real-world problems. If you do not have the qualifications to enter the degree directly, we offer a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study. Teaching and Learning Scheduled Placement Independent First year 19% 81% Second year 17% 83% Final year 14% 86% Assessment Written Practical Coursework First year 57% 43% Second year 27% 8% 65% Final year 20% 4% 76% Our teaching staff Dr Angela Shepherd Dr Catherine Robb Dr Dawn M Wilson Professor Nick Zangwill Dr Stella Gonzalez Arnal Wayne Williams Where you'll study Hull Campus Click to view directions on Google Maps Related courses Philosophy and Politics Philosophy, Politics and Economics Philosophy and Religion English and Philosophy Studying philosophy at Hull, means doing philosophy. It’s been taught here since we first opened our doors in 1927. Debate the issues of the day, from cutting-edge genetics to artificial intelligence, while developing valuable skills in analytical and critical thinking. Hone your intellectual arguments with fellow students, academic staff and invited experts in our fortnightly debates. Our research expertise covering a wide variety of areas - from Plato to Nietzsche - shapes your teaching. Entry requirements 2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from A levels BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma Irish Leaving Certificate Scottish Highers Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications. Alternative qualifications IB Diploma: 28 points. Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit. We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance. At a glance For this course, you'll need... 112 UCAS points Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here. We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed. Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree. If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100. International students If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level. This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here. If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses. Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements. Fees and funding Home/EU: £9,250 International: £13,500 Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs. Substantial discounts are available for International students. More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website. Scholarships If you have a low household income, we may be able to offer you a studenstship of £1,000 Get 120 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent, and you could receive a reward of £2,000 - £4,000 Visit our Scholarships page to find out more. Future Prospects Philosophy, as it's taught at Hull, gives you the skills that employers look for – including analytical thinking, critical debating skills, intellectual integrity and problem solving - which is why 100% of our philosophy graduates are in work or further study within six months (HESA 2017). Our graduates go on to successful careers in teaching, lecturing, media production, publishing, print and broadcast journalism, law, politics, Civil Service, public relations, business and the charity sector. Others choose to continue their studies as postgraduates. The University also provides comprehensive help from its dedicated Careers Advice Centre. The centre offers competitive internships, mock interviews and CV workshops. It's open to all students and its services remain open to graduates whenever they're required throughout your career.