Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

(BA) Philosophy and English

Entry for 2016

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

The aims of the Philosophy course are to:
1. Bring the student to a critical understanding of the ideas and arguments of some of the major philosophers in the history of the subject, encountered in their own writings, both as living argument and as a challenge to contemporary modes of thinking.
2. Familiarise the student with some central theories and arguments in the fields of Metaphysics, Epistemology, or Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy, or Social and Political Philosophy broadly understood.
3. Enable the student to critically engage in major issues currently at the frontiers of philosophical debate and research.
4. Enable the student to identify and produce valid arguments, and to show knowledge of classic argumentative forms and methods of reasoning.

The aims of the English course are to:
1. Study literatures in English across a range of genres and historical periods.
2. Analyse the production, consumption and reception of texts within their historical and cultural context.
3. Appreciate a range of literary traditions, both dominant and marginal, and their effects on cultural formations and identities.
4. Appreciate and understand a range of theoretical approaches to the study of literature.
5. Appreciate complexity and variety of language and genre.
6. Relate literary texts to other media and dismodules.urses.

Course learning outcomes

Familiarity with the range of philosophical problems together with a sense of how variously they have been interpreted and treated throughout the history of philosophy.

Familiarity with and understanding of classical argumentative forms and methods of reasoning.

Detailed knowledge and understanding of the principal ideas of at least one and up to three major philosophers through the study of original texts, albeit in translation in most cases.

Detailed knowledge and understanding of the principal theories in at least one and up to three fundamental fields of philosophy.

An appreciation of the nature and range of philosophical debate and of philosophy as itself a philosophical problem.

Philosophical skills including detecting fallacies in arguments; articulacy in identifying underlying issues in debate; precision of thought and expression in analyzing complex problems; sensitivity in interpretation of texts; the ability to use philosophical terminology; ability to abstract and analyze arguments.

Have acquired a range of core and personal attributes, cognitive, research, practical, and transferable skills (HAHP Core Transferable Skills).

Demonstrate competence in the close reading, description and analysis of literary texts.

Distinguish generic literary conventions and describe their importance for the shaping of meaning.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the distinctive characters and histories of texts written in the principal genres of poetry, fiction and drama.

Understand the influence on literature and on literary theory of cultural norms, historical circumstances, discourses of authorship and modes of textual production.

Structure and develop an argument in clear prose and demonstrate command of a broad range of critical vocabulary and critical concepts.

Reflect critically on the relationships between literature and other media including film.

Apprehend the range and diversity of global literature in English.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of literature in English from different periods, including literature from before 1800.

Use bibliographic and referencing skills appropriate to the discipline and in conformity with professional conventions.

Demonstrate effective oral communication skills through participation in seminars and/or in group presentations or through other media as appropriate.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 1 (Q3120)154
  CoreParadox and Argument (V7079)154
  CoreReading Genre 1 (Q3122)154
  OptionExistentialism (V7084)154
  Science and Reason (V7080)154
  Truth and Morality: The Meaning of Life (V7087)154
 Spring SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 2 (Q3123)154
  CoreEarly Modern Philosophy (V7071)154
  CoreReading Genre 2 (Q3125)154
  OptionLogic and Meaning (V7081)154
  Reading Philosophy (V7063)154
  Society, State and Humanity (V7064)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreKant (V7059)155
  OptionAncient Philosophy (V5015)155
  Feminist Philosophy (V7085)155
  Period of Literature: 1500-1625 (Q3131)305
  Period of Literature: 1625-1750 (Q3133)305
  Period of Literature: 1750-1880 (Q3135)305
  Period of Literature: 1860-1945 (Q3137)305
  Philosophy of Mind (V7078)155
 Spring SemesterOptionAesthetics (V5019)155
  Epistemology (V7061)155
  Phenomenology (V5004)155
  Philosophy of Religion (V7069)155
  Philosophy of Science (V7076)155
  Primitivism at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (Q3188)155
  Romance (Q3272)155
  Sense and Sexuality: Women and Writing in the Eighteenth Century (Q3097)155
  Staging the Renaissance: Shakespeare (Q3059)155
  The Arts and Literature of Satire (Q3049)155
  The Nineteenth-Century American Short Story (Q3271)155
  The Novel (Q3060)305
  Transatlantic Rhetoric: Public Speech and Anglo-American Writing 1750-1900 (Q3187)155
  Victorian Things (Q3281)155
  Word & Image (Q3286B)155
  Writing Poetry (Q3204)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionEthics (V7077)306
  Islamic Philosophy (V7089)306
  Metaphysics (V7086)306
  Modern European Philosophy (V7066)306
  Special Author(s): Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid and the Postcolonial Caribbean (Q3080)306
  Special Author: Christopher Marlowe (Q3011B)156
  Special Author: Christopher Marlowe (Q3011)306
  Special Author: Edgar Allan Poe (Q3198)306
  Special Author: Edgar Allan Poe (Q3198B)156
  Special Author: Geoffrey Chaucer (Q3196)306
  Special Author: Geoffrey Chaucer (Q3196B)156
  Special Author: Mary Wollstonecraft (Q3183B)156
  Special Author: Mary Wollstonecraft (Q3183)306
  Special Author: Salman Rushdie (Q3046B)156
  Special Author: Salman Rushdie (Q3046)306
  Special Author: Thomas Hardy (Q3036)306
  Special Author: Virginia Woolf (Q3023)306
  Special Author: Virginia Woolf (Q3023B)156
  Special Author: Vladimir Nabokov (Q3195B)156
  Special Author: Vladimir Nabokov (Q3195)306
  Special Author: William Blake (Q3197)306
  Special Author: William Blake (Q3197B)156
 Spring SemesterOptionCapital Culture: Money, Commerce and Writing (Q3185)306
  Experimental Writing (Q3199)306
  Figures in Analytic Philosophy (V7072)306
  Figures in Post-Kantian Philosophy (V7074)306
  Figures in Social and Political Philosophy (V7075)306
  Islam, Literature and the 'West' (Q3024)306
  Language, Truth and Literature (Q3020)306
  Philosophy of Language (V5021)155
  Queer Literatures (Q3186)306
  School Placement Project (Q3293)306
  Spectacular Imaginings: Renaissance Drama and the Stage 1580-1640 (Q3202)306
  Technologies of Capture: Photography and Nineteenth Century Literature (Q3192)306
  The Literatures of Africa (Q3079)306
  Utopias and Dystopias (Q3119)306
  Writing Lives before 1800 (Q3294)306

Course convenors

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Peter Boxall
Professor of English
T: +44 (0)1273 678719

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Paul Davies
Reader in Philosophy
T: +44 (0)1273 606755 ext. 2158

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Katerina Deligiorgi
Reader in Philosophy
T: +44 (0)1273 678932

Michael Jonik
Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature
T: +44 (0)1273 873044

About your joint honours course

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