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Philosophy/Spanish

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2021

Program description

Philosophy/Spanish

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy aim to develop and educate their students to become ‘global citizens’. By combining Spanish and Philosophy you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

There are two related aspects of the Philosophy course at Cardiff that mark it out among Russell Group universities. One is that there is a strong emphasis on ethics, politics, and aesthetics among the modules on offer. The other is that our research and teaching are spread equally across both the ‘analytic’ and ‘Continental’ styles of Western philosophy, allowing students to develop a full understanding of both, with the possibility of an informed choice to specialise in one approach or the other.

In addition to developing high-level language skills, students gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of Spanish cultures and communication and critical-thinking skills, which foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

Spain is a major actor on the European and world stage, possessing a rich and sophisticated culture. Spanish is one of the official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations.

We offer Spanish for both advanced students and beginners. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to Spanish history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a Spanish-speaking country at first hand.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. On completion of this four-year program, you will have a high level of language proficiency, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of Spanish history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

Up to 33% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the university for more information.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB-BBB. Applicants holding a B in Spanish A-level will have access to the Languages advanced pathways. Please note Criticial Thinking and General Studies will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees for the UK and EU students: £9,000
  • Tution fees for the Students from outside the EU: £18,200

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.
  • The ability to critically evaluate a range of issues within contemporary moral and political philosophy, through careful study of a range of academic debates and texts over particular issues of contemporary social relevance.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, literature, and history of Spain and Spanish speaking countries.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English and Spanish.
  • Analytical and argumentative skills, by isolating key arguments in contemporary philosophical writings and constructing careful critiques of those arguments
  • Intellectual skills of reading, analysing, critiquing, discussing, and writing.
  • Skills in the interpretation and critical evaluation of texts.
  • The ability to reach conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of views and arguments, justifying these with sound reasoning and detailed interpretations of source material.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using a range of IT programs and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Skills when working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to understand, structure and critically evaluate the key points and arguments made in written texts and discussions.
  • The ability to formulate and articulate your critical thinking, both orally and on paper, in ways that professional philosophers and your peers can grasp and engage with.
  • The ability to organise and coordinate workloads.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Responsibility for your own learning program and Professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • Skills to identify, record and communicate your relevant career attainments.

Continuing studies

Many graduates pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE.

Career opportunities

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their studies, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

We provide our students with a highly satisfying academic experience that assists their development as critically-minded, culturally-aware citizens whose high analytic skills, powers of expression and progressive self-reliance make them extremely attractive to employers.

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