Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

(BA) History and Philosophy

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 History course are:
1. Develop knowledge and understanding of the human past.
2. Foster awareness and understanding of historical processes which have a direct or indirect bearing on the present.
3. Encourage respect for historical context and evidence.
4. Reflect critically on differing interpretations of the medium and distant past.
5. To impart particular skills and qualities of mind relevant to the discipline of history.
6. To satisfy key criteria of historical knowledge and method, including an awareness of span and change over time across geographical range.
7. Engage with primary as well as secondary sources.
8. Reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of the historical discipline.
9. Foster an appreciation of the diversity of historical specialisms (including social, economic, cultural, political, intellectual, gender, oral, and environmental history).
10. Satisfy progression requirements by conducting i) survey history, ii) particular historical topics or short periods, iii) comparative and thematic history, iv) historiography, v) documentary-based special subjects.

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.oning.

Course learning outcomes

Have developed the historian's skills and qualities of mind.

Have developed an awareness of continuity and change over an extended time span (Time Depth).

Have understood historical process over an extended period.

Have a broad and comparative understanding of the history of more than one society, culture or state (Geographical Range).

Have undertaken close work on primary source material and carry out intensive critical work on such source material (Contemporary Sources).

Reflect critically on the nature of the discipline, its social rationale, its theoretical underpinnings and its intellectual standing (Critical Awareness).

Critically engage with a variety of approaches to history and critically engage with the concepts and methodologies of other disciplines where appropriate (Diversity of Spacialisms).

Formulate, execute, and complete an extended piece of writing under appropriate supervision (Extended Writing).

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

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 philosophicial terminology; ability to abstract and analyze arguments.

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

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

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.

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.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreParadox and Argument (V7079)154
  CoreThe Early Modern World (V1227)304
  OptionExistentialism (V7084)154
  Science and Reason (V7080)154
  Truth and Morality: The Meaning of Life (V7087)154
 Spring SemesterCoreEarly Modern Philosophy (V7071)154
  CoreThe Making of the Modern World (V1228)304
  OptionLogic and Meaning (V7081)154
  Reading Philosophy (V7063)154
  Society, State and Humanity (V7064)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreIdeas of History (V1375)155
  CoreKant (V7059)155
  OptionAncient Philosophy (V5015)155
  Feminist Philosophy (V7085)155
  History Short Period: America in the 20th Century (V1408)155
  History Short Period: Britain in the 20th Century (V1321)155
  History Short Period: England in the 16th Century (V1454)155
  History Short Period: Europe in the 20th Century (V1319)155
  History Short Period: The Middle East and North Africa since 1908 (V4122)155
  Philosophy of Mind (V7078)155
 Spring SemesterCoreGlobal History 1500-2000: Trade, Science, Environment and Empire (V1376)155
  OptionAesthetics (V5019)155
  Epistemology (V7061)155
  Phenomenology (V5004)155
  Philosophy of Religion (V7069)155
  Philosophy of Science (V7076)155
  Time and Place 1851: Science, Empire and Exhibitionism (V1373)155
  Time and Place 2008: The Spectacle of the Beijing Olympics (V1429)155
  Time and Place:1780 The Gordon Riots: Blood Community and Retribution - London 1780 (V1426)155
  Time and Place: 1796: Lithography and the Mass Produced Image (V1448)155
  Time and Place: 1831: Slave Revolts (V1377)155
  Time and Place: 1938: Kristallnacht (V1330)155
  Time and Place: 1942: Holocaust (V1331)155
  Time and Place: 1948: The Founding of Israel (V1449)155
  Time and Place: 1984: Thatcher's Britain (Observing the 1980s) (V1333)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionEthics (V7077)306
  Islamic Philosophy (V7089)306
  Metaphysics (V7086)306
  Modern European Philosophy (V7066)306
 Autumn & Spring TeachingCoreHistory Special Dissertation (V1363)306
  OptionSpecial Subject: Britain and the Second World War (V1346)306
  Special Subject: Cinema and Society in Britain, 1935-1955 (V1444)306
  Special Subject: Demagogues and Dictators in the History of Political Thought (V1434)306
  Special Subject: Domesticity and its Discontents: Women in Post-War Britain (V1348)306
  Special Subject: End of Empire: Nationalism, Decolonisation and the British Raj in India 1937-1950 (V1353)306
  Special Subject: From Zionism to Post Zionism (V1445)306
  Special Subject: Palestine in Transition, 1900-1948: Everyday Life in Times of Change (V1424)306
  Special Subject: Post-Rave Britain, 1988 - present (V1460)306
  Special Subject: Reforming Islam in the 20th Century: Modernism, Revivalism, Extremism, Terrorism (V1423)306
  Special Subject: The Century of the Gene (V1370)306
  Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement (V1378)306
  Special Subject: The European Experience of the First World War (V1403)306
 Spring SemesterOptionFigures in Analytic Philosophy (V7072)306
  Figures in Post-Kantian Philosophy (V7074)306
  Figures in Social and Political Philosophy (V7075)306
  Language, Truth and Literature (Q3020)306
  Philosophy of Language (V5021)155

Course convenors

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Anthony Booth
Reader in Philosophy
T: +44 (0)1273 877221

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Darrow Schecter
Professor of Critical Theory and Modern European History
T: +44 (0)1273 678534

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Tanja Staehler
Professor in European Philosophy
T: +44 (0)1273 877822

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