Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Politics and Philosophy

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

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

Course Aims

The Politics and Philosophy joint programme aims to:
1. Enable students to understand the importance of Politics and Philosophy in the contemporary world
2. Ensure that students acquire knowledge and understanding in appropriate areas of theory and analysis.
3. Enable students to understand and use the concepts, approaches and methods of the disciplines and develop an understanding of the contested nature and problematic character of inquiry in the disciplines.
4. Provide students with the opportunity to combine the insights and methods of the two disciplines.
5. Develop students capacities to critically analyse events, ideas, institutions and practices.
6. Provide students with opportunities to develop their intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills so as to enable them to participate meaningfully in their societies.
7. Provide a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate.
8. Provide students with a supportive and receptive learning environment.
For Philosophy, this means that graduates will be able to:
1. Demonstrate 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;
2. Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of elementary formal logic and awareness of the nature and significance of logic;
3. Demonstrate 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;
4. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the principal theories in at least one and up to three fundamental fields of philosophy;
5. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the nature and range of philosophical debate and of philosophy as itself a philosophical problem.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Enable the student to critically engage in major issues currently at the frontiers of philosophical debate and research.
9. Enable the student to identify and produce valid arguments, and to show knowledge of classic argumentative forms and methods of reasoning.

Course learning outcomes

Identify and describe and illustrate key approaches to the study of politics and understand the contested nature of knowledge and understanding

Identify and understand the key normative ideas and concepts which serve as the foundations of politics

Describe and illustrate the structure and operation of different political systems

Describe and illustrate the key explanatory concepts and theories used in the study of politics

Develop a familiarity with major methods of data collection in politics, and their appropriate uses

Develop a knowledge of British politics and the key concepts and approaches used to explain British politics

Critically evaluate the nature of political change in a political system or with regard to a political issue

Ability to understand and critique political philosophical arguments made by political theorists

An ability to compare different political systems in order to develop a general understanding of the functioning of politics

Plan and carry out a research project relating to a political topic which sustains a line of argument and draws on a body of academic literature

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 philosophical 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.

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

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.

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.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreBritish Political History (L2010)154
  CoreExplanatory Concepts in Political Science (M1038)154
  CoreParadox and Argument (V7079)154
  OptionExistentialism (V7084)154
  Science and Reason (V7080)154
  Truth and Morality: The Meaning of Life (V7087)154
 Spring SemesterCoreEarly Modern Philosophy (V7071)154
  CoreFoundations of Politics (M1036)154
  CoreResearch Skills and Methods in Political Science (M1045)154
  OptionLogic and Meaning (V7081)154
  Reading Philosophy (V7063)154
  Society, State and Humanity (V7064)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreEuropean Politics (L2051)155
  CoreKant (V7059)155
  CoreModern Political Thought (L2031)155
  OptionAncient Philosophy (V5015)155
  Epistemology (V7061)155
  Feminist Philosophy (V7085)155
  Philosophy of Mind (V7078)155
 Spring SemesterOptionAesthetics (V5019)155
  Communicating Politics (L2155)155
  Phenomenology (V5004)155
  Philosophy of Language (V5021)155
  Philosophy of Religion (V7069)155
  Philosophy of Science (V7076)155
  Politics of Governance: East Asia (L2094)155
  Politics of Governance: Eastern Europe (L2037)155
  Politics of Governance: France (L2049)155
  Politics of Governance: Germany (L2039)155
  Politics of Governance: India (L2093)155
  Politics of Governance: International Institutions and Issues (L2134)155
  Politics of Governance: The European Union (L2038)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionDeath of Socialism? (L2137)306
  Ethics (V7077)306
  Islamic Philosophy (V7089)306
  Metaphysics (V7086)306
  Modern European Philosophy (V7066)306
  Political Change: Contemporary France (L2157)306
  Political Change: Eastern Europe in Transition (L2017)306
  Political Change: Global Crisis and European Political Economy (L1998)306
  Political Change: New Technologies and Corruption (L1999)306
  Political Change: Political Parties and Party Systems (L2034)306
  Political Change: Politics and International Business (L2001)306
  Political Change: The European Union as a Global Actor (M1541)306
  Political Change: the Evolution of Post War European Integration (M1049)306
  Political Change: the Politics of Brexit (L2055)306
 Spring SemesterOptionDemocracy and Inequality (L2099)306
  Feminism and Women's Political Activism in Britain (L2156)306
  Figures in Analytic Philosophy (V7072)306
  Figures in Post-Kantian Philosophy (V7074)306
  Figures in Social and Political Philosophy (V7075)306
  Governing Technology (L2077)306
  Immigration and the Liberal State (L2097)306
  Independent Study/Internship Option (L2021)306
  Language, Truth and Literature (Q3020)306
  Parties and Voters in the UK (M1007)306
  Philosophy of Language (V5021)155
  Political Corruption (L2046)306
  Populism and Politics (M1535)306

Course convenors

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James Hampshire
Reader in Politics
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T: +44 (0)1273 876806

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Michael Morris
Professor of Philosophy
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T: +44 (0)1273 678247

About your joint honours course

Sussex has always promoted interdisciplinary study by encouraging students to combine different subjects and different approaches to learning. Joint-honours courses are an ideal option if you want to study more than one subject in depth. A key idea behind joint-honours is to experience the range of ways that different academic disciplines use to teach, learn and research. Those differences are stimulating and challenging, but they can also be confusing, so you will find some useful information below to help you get the most out of your course.

  • To find information about the individual modules that make up your course, go to the school that teaches the module. Each module is assessed by the school that teaches it, so on their website you will find (under “student information”) information about the assessment criteria being used, the referencing style you need to use for your work, contact times for your tutors, information about the student reps scheme and lots of other useful information.
  • To find general information about joint honours, use the Frequently Asked Questions list
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